Swine fever shows up near Madona

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Madona district’s Ļaudona county became the newest territory claiming lab-confirmed cases of African swine fever (ASF) among four expired wild boar discovered near woodside fields, reported the Food and Veterinary Service’s (PVD) spokeswoman Anna Joffe Thursday.

One of the carcasses was found in a field during the harvesting of crops while the other three were found by the edge of the forest near the fields. They were all in rather advanced stages of decomposition.

Madona district shares a territorial line with adjacent Rezekne district's Nagļi parish, but its Ļaudona parish is in the heart of the district near the Krustkalns natural wilderness reserve.

In addition to these four cases in a new territory, PVD lab analyses confirmed another infected domestic pig among two being kept at a small homestead in Valka county.

Also, Valka district’s Ērģeme county chalked up another two wild boar found to be infected by lab results. Likewise, Dagda district’s Bērziņi and Ķepova parishes each confirmed an additional hunted-down wild boar, each respectively.

The PVD again urged farmers preparing their fields for harvest to check for the recent presence of wild boar. The warning applies especially to the animal’s favorite pea, potato and corn fields.

The PVD reminds the public of its available hotline for calls notifying of dead wild boar found on or near crop fields.

At this point the ASF virus has been confirmed in 51 wild boar and 56 domestic pigs on 25 homestead farms and one pig farm. Already 459 domestic pigs have been slaughtered in culls or in anticipation of further pending mandatory culls.

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