State allocates €367,000 for culling pigs at farm struck by disease

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On August 3 the Latvian government granted €367,000 for liquidating domestic pigs at the Druvas Unguri farm in Western Latvia struck by African Swine Fever, a highly contagious porcine disease.

Māris Balodis, the head of the country's Food and Veterinary Service told Latvian Radio that the culling could last more than nine days in total.

As reported, the biggest outbreak of the African Swine Fever so far in Latvia has been discovered, at a farm with 15,570 pigs.

Balodis said that it's possible municipal funding will have to be attracted as well. The animals' corpses will be transported and burned.

Currently the farm is quarantined with police monitoring the site. The Food and Veterinary Service is to gas the pigs. 

"There have never been as many outbreaks as this year," said Balodis. 

He said that the disease is only becoming stronger in Europe. A vaccine has not been found for the past 50 years, and won't be found at least for another ten, he said.

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