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ASF Kills over 330 South Russian Pigs

by 5m Editor
18 July 2008, at 9:51am

RUSSIA - It's been reported that 330 pigs have died of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.

Outbreaks of the highly contagious virus are rare outside Africa, but last spring Georgia, which borders on North Ossetia, saw outbreaks in 10 regions. A total of 20,000 pigs were culled, reports Ria Novosti.

Some 35 animals have died in the past 24 hours of ASFV in the south Russian province, the service said.

Preliminary reports said that the infection may have been brought in by wild pigs. The virus can survive for up to 15 weeks in raw pork, and up to six months in processed meat.

The area has been cordoned off, and all local pigs will be culled as a preventive measure. Around 174 people have been deployed to guard the province's border, to ensure that no pork products are taken out of North Ossetia.

View the Ria Novosti story by clicking here.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on African Swine Fever (ASF) by clicking here.