More cases of ASF found in wild boar

Last week African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed in another 17 wild boar in eastern Latvia, according to information published on the website of the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD).

Between September 26 and October 2,  ASF was found in 17 wild boar, including in central Ogre municipality and northern Aluksne municipality.

So far this year the PVD has found ASF in 740 wild boars in 127 districts in the territory of 41 municipalities as well as in one town in eastern Latvia.

The total number of confirmed ASF cases among wild boars in Latvia since June 2014 is 957.

The last time a domestic pig tested positive for ASF in Latvia was on September 9, a year after it first appeared.

African swine fever is an extremely dangerous and contagious virus infection affecting pigs. If an infected pig is found in a farm, all pigs in the particular farm have to be culled, which means big losses for farmers.

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