Swine fever situation is 'consistently bad', says food authority

The situation with the spread of African swine fever in wild boar in Latvia is currently 'consistently bad', the head of the animal infectious diseases monitoring division of the Food and Veterinary Service (PVD), Mārtiņš Seržants, said in an interview with Latvian Radio February 27.

Overall, since the beginning of the second epidemiological wave of African swine fever in Latvia in the summer of 2021, the virus has continued to progress, and the affected area size is increasing, Seržants said.

The virus is moving slowly in Latvia. In the summer of 2021, the wave began in the eastern border area, then it passed through Latgale and part of Vidzeme. 

“We can predict – where wild boars are still left and where numbers are higher, there will likely be more cases in those places this year as well,” Seržants said.

He pointed out that the process needs to be regulated by intense hunting in the long run. But domestic pigs are at risk in areas affected by the infection, so pig farmers must follow the special precautions.

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