Swine fever continues to spread

African swine fever continues is moving closer to the Kurzeme province in Latvia's west as the porcine disease has been discovered in three wild boars in Tukums Region's Slampe.

That's what Food and Veterinary Service's representative Anna Joffe told the press Tuesday.

This brings the total number of wild boars infected with African swine fever to 667, found in 182 counties in 58 regions, and also in the town of Plavinas and in Rezekne. African swine fever has also been confirmed on a farm in Varkava County.

The Food and Veterinary Service reminds hunters to get in touch with the Food and Veterinary Service should they hunt down or find a dead wild boar in the African swine fever quarantine zones, so the service could verify whether the animal was infected with African swine fever.

The Food and Veterinary Service also urges all farms to observe biosecurity measures to help prevent the spread of African swine fever in Latvia.

African swine fever was first registered in Latvia in June 2014 near the border with Belarus.

Meanwhile Rezekne Meat Factory reports that its profits have been slashed by half and turnover decreased 11% due to the combined effects of the Russian food embargo and meat price decreases connected to the swine fever.

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