Outbreak of African swine fever reported in LatviaChristian Fernsby ▼ | July 7, 2020
An outbreak of African swine fever has been reported at a farmstead in western Latvia, the Baltic state's veterinary authority informed Monday.
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Representatives of the veterinary authority arrived at the affected farmstead and are taking measures to prevent the disease from spreading. All 31 pigs on the farm will be put down.
The farmstead has been quarantined, encircling the territory with a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer monitoring zone. In this territory, increased biosafety measures will be taken to control the registration and transportation of pigs and pig meat.
An epidemiological probe is underway to determine how the infection reached the pig farm.
The first case of African swine fever in Latvia was reported in June 2014 when three dead wild boards tested positive for the infection. A total of 165 cases of African swine fever have been recorded in Latvia's wild boar population this year. ■