Another pig farm in Latvia tests positive for swine fever

The Food and Veterinary Service (PVD) has received the results of laboratory tests confirming the suspicion of an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in a pig holding in the Robežnieki parish of Krāslava municipality, the PVD said in a statement on July 17.

Measures for combating and restricting the disease have been initiated in the affected holding. All 48 pigs in the holding will be eliminated.

This year it is already the fourth outbreak of African swine fever in domestic pig holdings in Latvia. The first outbreak was detected on June 27 in the municipality of Gulbene, while the other two last week – July 14 and 15 in the municipality of Madona.

The director of the Department of veterinary supervision of the PVD, Kristīne Lamberga, said that the situation with African swine fever in Latvia is worrying because outbreaks were detected only within a few days' difference.

"Everything in progress shows that the African swine fever virus is in very high concentrations in the environment. The owners of domestic pigs must be extremely cautious at the moment," said Lamberga.

The only thing that can protect domestic pigs from getting sick of this deadly virus is strict biosecurity in the holding. Biosecurity must be observed on every holding in Latvia where domestic pigs are kept, regardless of their number.

Affected farms have the possibility to turn to the Rural Support Service and apply for material support or compensation.

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