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African swine fever reaches Baltic states

Staff Writer |
The Food and Veterinary Service inspectors reported 24 new African swine cases in wild boar population this week.

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This is including in three regions where the disease had not been previously reported - Talsi, Babite and Ikskile regions, the Food and Veterinary Service told LETA.

Three dead wild boars were found in Talsi Region's Vandzene County, and one in Babite Regions' Sala County and Ikskile Region's Tinuzi County each.

Also this week, two wild boars died of African swine fever in Serene County, Jaunjelgava Region, as well as in Isnauda County and Rundeni County, Ludza Region.

Therefore the total number of wild boars that have died of African swine fever this year has increased to 958, found in 71 regions of Latvia and three cities - Rezekne, Plavinas and Jurmala.

In addition, African swine fever was also confirmed on a farm in Varkava Region and two in Gulbene Region, where 50, 142 and 119 pigs, respectively, had to be culled.

The disease was first confirmed in Latvia in June 2014, in the carcasses of three dead wild boars found just a few meters from the Belarusian border.

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