New outbreaks of ASF are recorded in Lithuania

Submitted by bashun on Tue, 07/03/2018 - 17:30

Two outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) were recorded at pig farms in Lithuania, the press service of the State Food and Veterinary Service of the Republic (VMVT) reported, according to pigua.info.

The first case took place on a small farm in the Jurbarko district, where only seven pigs were kept. The farmer did not report two dead pigs to the service, but the check was carried out after the specialists received information that he had purchased three pigs in the area where the infection was recently recorded.

The second case was recorded in the Kėdainiai district on the farm, where 898 pigs were bred. The investigation began after the farm staff reported two dead sows.

After that the service specialists began to safely dispose of the pigs bred on the farm. Around the farm at a distance of three and ten kilometers protection and control zones are established.

According to VMVT about two thousand pigs have been destroyed in Lithuania since the beginning of the year due to ASF. Last year the Baltic States suffered serious losses due to the African swine fever. Only in Lithuania 710 foci of infection of animals were found.

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