ASF Kills over 600 Pigs in Russia's N.Caucasus

RUSSIA - On Monday, the regional emergencies service reported that the total number of pigs killed by ASF (African Swine Fever) so far in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has come up to 608.
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"A total of 24 pigs have died in the past 24 hours," a statement read.

More than 3,000 pigs have been culled in the republic since the outbreak was registered on June 30, while some 8,000 potentially-infected animals have yet to be destroyed, reports RIA Novosti.

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

Preliminary reports said that there are chances 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.

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