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African swine fever found inside town limits for the first time in Latvia

BC, Riga, 13.03.2016.Print version
The Latvian Food and Veterinary Service discovered 23 new cases of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boars during the second week of March 2016, and one of the infected wild boars was found inside the town limits for the first time in Latvia, reports LETA.

The veterinary authority said that the first ASF case inside the town limits had been found in Plavinas in eastern Latvia.


Five infected wild boars were found in Kaive county in Vecpiebalga region. Previously this county was free of the disease.


The total number of wild boars with ASF found in Latvia this year has now climbed to 280. Infected animals have been found in 110 counties in 43 regions and in one town.


In 2015, ASF was found in 1,048 wild boars in Latvia. Also, 213 domestic pigs tested positive for ASF since the outbreak started in Latvia in June 2014 not far from the border with Belarus.


About 14,000 domestic pigs were culled to keep the infection from spreading, and EUR 2.3 million were paid to farmers in compensations.

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