ASF found in sec­ond pig farm

The Baltic Times - - BALTIC NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

The Lat­vian Food and Vet­eri­nary Ser­vice to­day re­ceived the re­sults of the lab­o­ra­tory tests con­firm­ing that African swine fever (ASF) had been found also in Bunci farm in Salaspils re­gion in cen­tral Latvia. About 10,000 pigs are kept in the farm and will now have to be culled.

Bunci be­longs to Ancers com­pany that op­er­ated also Rukas farm in the cen­tral Lat­vian re­gion of Krimulda where ASF was found in midjan­uary and over 5,000 pigs had to be culled.

The civil de­fence com­mit­tee of the lo­cal coun­cil of the Salaspils re­gion will meet on Fe­bru­ary 8 to dis­cuss the safety mea­sures and pro­vi­sion of hu­man re­sources to deal with the cri­sis, said Lolita Bal­cer­bule, a spokes­woman for the lo­cal coun­cil.

Rai­monds Kal­vans, CEO of Ancers com­pany, said ear­lier that the losses due to the ASF out­break in Rukas farm will add up to mil­lions of eu­ros. In ad­di­tion to the in­vest­ment in the busi­ness, spe­cial ge­netic ma­te­rial will also be lost, he said. The farm in Krimulda kept sows and raised piglets, while the farm in Salaspils keeps meat pigs.

The Lat­vian gov­ern­ment on Jan­uary 17 de­clared a state of emer­gency in the As­faf­fected Krimulda re­gion, as well as in the re­gions of Adazi and Salaspils which will last un­til April 17.

The ASF out­break started in Latvia in June 2014 not far from the bor­der with Be­larus.

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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