Wild boar still falling to dreaded fever

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The previous two-week period saw more cases of African swine fever (ASF) confirmed among wild boar either found already dead or hunted down, Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) representative Anna Joffe told information agency LETA Tuesday.

From September 26 to October 6 altogether nine specimens were found in northern Vidzeme province – six in Burtnieki district’s Renceni county and three in Jerceni county, Strenči district.

Also in southeastern Latgale province an infected wild boar carcass each was found in Cirma parish of Ludza district and Līksna parish, Daugavpils district.

In Asune parish, Dagda district a hunted wild boar turned out to be infected as well.

These are the first cases found in the local governments of Līksna and Asūne.

The confirmed ASF-infection count now stands at 119 wild boar in 25 counties, also 72 domestic pigs. Altogether 564 farm-raised pigs have been slaughtered or culled, but no new cases have been noted since September 19.

In the time period between April 1 and September 14, registered data show a total of 7061 hunted-down wild boar.

Meanwhile, the PVD has published a notice of recruitment for fifteen additional inspectors for contracts in the affected regional offices lasting the next two years.

As reported, on September 2 the government allocated additional funding to the PVD to help the agency deal with the mounting veterinary health crisis,which has prompted the declaration of a state-of-emergency in the affected zones.

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