Tests confirm more wild boar swine-fever infections

African swine fever (ASF), a disease fatal to domestic pigs and wild boar, continues to be found in individual specimens of boar either hunted down or found in Latvia’s inland forests, reported news wire BNS Monday. Altogether Food Research and Safety Institute BIOR laboratories have confirmed 12 new cases in the past ten days, from the Daugavpils district of southern Latgale province as well as from northern Vidzeme province, according to Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) spokeswoman Anna Joffe.

Two animals from Daugavpils district were hunted-down in the separate parishes of Demene and Naukšēni, where the state-of-emergency territory was declared during the summertime, when the outbreak had begun to spread.  The other ten animals came from northern Vidzeme – nine of them discovered dead in Strenči district Jercēni county and one in Burtnieki district Ēvele county.

This brings the tally so far this year to a total of 167 ASF-infected wild boar.

Since September 17, following implementation of strict PVD quarantine and sanitary requirements on domestic pig farms located in the state-of-emergency territories, now expanded almost to the Riga suburbs, no further cases of ASF have been confirmed amongst domestic pigs in Latvia.

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