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African Swine Fever Affects Wild Boar, Farmed Pigs

by 5m Editor
18 July 2014, at 7:50am

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities have reported two further outbreaks of African swine fever in Pskov Oblast and at a farm in Smolensk Oblast.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 20 on Thursday, 17 July, stating that the affected population comprises one wild boar and farmed pigs.

One wild boar was found dead in Pskov Oblast on 27 June. In Smolensk Oblast, a total of 387 pigs were found susceptible, out of which five cases were reported. All five affected pigs were reportedly found dead. No animals were destroyed and/or slaughtered.

Tests such as real-time PCR and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were conducted 14, 15 and 16 July. All tests confirmed the presence of the ASF virus.

The source of the outbreaks remains inconclusive.