African swine fever continues its spread

Yet more districts of Latvia have fallen victim to pig disease African Swine Fever as it continues its inexorable spread from east to west. 

The LETa news service reports that the Food and Veterinary Service confirmed 32 new African swine fever cases in wild boars registered from July 18 through July 22, with the disease being confirmed for the first time in Sigulda, Jaunjelgava and Kegums districts.

In addition, African swine fever has also been confirmed, for the first time, in Krustpils district's Atasiene parish.

Therefore, African swine fever has been found in 634 wild boars in 180 counties of 58 districts so far this year. The last case of African swine fever in domestic pigs in Latvia was registered in September 2015.

As reported, at the end of June and beginning of July, a flare-up of African swine fever was reported in Lithuania and Estonia, as well as in Poland for the first time this year, thus there is a substantial threat to Latvia's domestic pig population.

Attempts were made to stop the spread of the disease when it was first detected in wild board crossing the borer from Belarus two years ago. The efforts have proven ineffective.

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