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Sixty Pigs Killed in Russian African Swine Fever Outbreaks

by 5m Editor
22 July 2014, at 7:17am

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities have reported two further outbreaks of African swine fever at pig farms located in Voronezh Oblast in the south-west of the country.

According to follow-up report no. 9 sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the outbreaks took place on 15 July and 17 July.

On 16, 17 and 18 July, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted. All tests resulted positive, confirming the presence of the ASF virus.

In the first outbreak, a total of 19,834 pigs were found susceptible, out of which 82 cases were reported. Out of the 82 affected pigs, 55 were reportedly found dead.

In the second outbreak, which occurred on 17 July, five pigs died out of a herd of 19,655 animals.

In both cases, no animals were destroyed.

Several control measures have been applied in order to contain the situation.

The source of the outbreaks remain inconclusive.