Swine fever found in 46 more wild boar

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In the last few days, African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in another 46 wild boar in northern and eastern Latvia, according to the information published on the website of the Latvian Food and Veterinary Service (PVD).

Between August 1 and August 7, ASF has been found in 46 wild boar, including 17 in Trikata municipality in northern Latvia, three in central Ogre municipality, as well as other municipalities in northern and eastern Latvia.

So far this year PVD has found ASF in 523 wild boar in 98 districts in the territory of 35 municipalities in northeastern Latvia as well as in one town. The total number of confirmed ASF cases among wild boar in Latvia since June 2014 is 740.

The last time a domestic pig tested positive for ASF in Latvia was on August 8, and it was the third ASF case among domestic pigs registered this year.

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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