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Follow-up on Russia's ASF Situation

by 5m Editor
22 July 2008, at 1:25pm

RUSSIA - A total of 435 pigs are reported to have died of the African swine fever virus in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia.

"A total of 66 pigs have died in the past 24 hours," a statement read.

RIA Novosti reports that some 1,775 pigs have been culled in the republic following the outbreak, while over 7,000 potentially-infected animals have yet to be destroyed.

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.

The area has been cordoned off, and all the 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

- Go to our previous news item on this story by clicking here.
- Find out more information on African Swine Fever (ASF) by clicking here.