Pig plague found in new regions

The African Swine Fever (ASF), a dangerous porcine disease, has spread to the Mērsrags region in Latvia's west as Latvia's Food and Veterinary Service has discovered 44 new cases of the plague, of which three were at the Mērsrags region.

Another eight wild boars dead from ASF were found at the Tukums region's Lestene parish, which is a new location for the disease.

"Last week comparatively many cases were discovered, 44 in total. The most pressing places are in Tukums, by Lestene, quite close to the infection zone border. [..] There are new cases in Mērsrags and it seems that the [infected] population has moved ahead. There are several cases of infection in Skaistkalne and Iecava," said Edvīns Oļševskis, a representative of the Food and Veterinary Service told Latvian Radio on December 27.

This year ASF has been found in 1,140 wild boar in 244 parishes of 77 regions. It was discovered in three towns as well - Rēzekne, Pļaviņas and Jūrmala.

A total of 311 domestic pigs have been culled as the disease was discovered in three farms in Latvia's eastern reaches. 

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