Experts Raise Questions About African Swine Fever

GEORGIA - In light of a "prevented major spread" of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in Georgia, economic experts are demanding a professional investigation to study the possibility of the intentional planting of the virus in Georgia as well as the government's late response to the disease.
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"Whether the government has already 'prevented a major spread' of the fever is also under question," claims economic expert, Gia Khukhashvili adding that at this point, it's hard to talk of a subdued virus simply because most of the animals died or were culled already.

"Maybe such conclusions are based on the motto - there are no pigs, therefore there is no African Swine Fever," Khukhashvili commented to The Messenger.

"Our timely and focused actions on these hot points, as well as a large scale combat of the virus throughout Georgia have yielded results - pig deaths have decreased as the disease has come under our control," Nukri Gugushvili, Head of special headquarters created at the Ministry of Agriculture to deal with ASF in Georgia told The Messenger on Monday.

Meanwhile, the UN's FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) released a second statement on June 26 calling for an "immediate" and "rigorous" control campaign to prevent serious consequences.

"The Republic of Georgia faces an exceptionally difficult situation," FAO mission concludes.


Further Reading

Analysis: African Swine Fever In Georgia
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