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Classical Swine Fever Found in Latvian Wild Boar, Farmed Pigs

01 July 2014

LATVIA - One wild boar and three domestic pigs tested positive for the Classical Swine Fever virus in the east of the country in the third week of June.

The veterinary authority sent Follow up Report No.10 dated 25 June to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

On 19 June, a wild boar that had been shot tested positive for the virus. It was in the Baltinavas district in the east of the country, about 3km from Belarus border in a known CSF-infected area.

Three days later, three pigs in herd of eight village animals showed symptoms in Dagdas county. One of the animals died and the rest were destroyed after the CSF virus was confirmed. The farm is also located within the current CSF-infected area, about 15km from Belarus border.

The report adds that, on 21 June 2014, a veterinarian notified the local competent authority about a CSF suspicion in one backyard farm. On 22 June, CSF was confirmed in domestic pigs by the National Reference Laboratory and all suspected animals were destroyed the same day. Protection and surveillance zones have been established. Hunting and sampling of wild boar are on-going.

ThePigSite News Desk

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