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Tests keep chalking up swine infections

Laboratory analyses from the public Food Safety and Research Institute BIOR confirmed two more cases of African swine fever infections in two domestic pigs from Kalnieši parish in Kraslava district and one wild boar carcass from Ķepova parish in Dagda district, the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) confirmed Thursday.

One of seven pigs being raised at the Kraslava homestead was confirmed to be infected with the virus, deadly to swine and their forest relations, prompting the immediate cull of the entire herd Thursday.

As of now African swine fever has been confirmed in 23 wild boar specimens and 10 domestic pigs discovered in six homesteading farms.

Since June 26, when the monitoring measures began in earnest, PVD’s veterinary health inspectors have checked 4,409 homes, 630 of which raised pigs. They have checked a total of 2,361 pigs so far. Violations of the monitoring and quarantine measures were registered at 360 inspections, including prohibited transport and proper keeping and registration of animals. Altogether BIOR has tested blood samples from 1,580 domestic pigs.

Amidst the crisis, LR reported Friday morning that recklessly negligent hunters left three hastily butchered wild boar carcasses in the woods of Jaunanna parish in Aluksne district for a local resident to stumble upon, who then notified the authorities. Local hunters’ club Pededzmala spokesman Ivars Fermanis claimed the hunters had forgotten to bring a shovel. Eastern Vidzeme veterinary health officer Rudite Keze called it “very irresponsible in light of proximity to the dangerous infection zones.”

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