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Swine Fever Spreads in South Russia

by 5m Editor
30 July 2008, at 12:17pm

RUSSIA - An outbreak of the African swine fever (ASF) virus in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has so far killed 1,076 pigs.

"A total of 27 pigs have died in the past 24 hours," the statement said.

More than 3,400 pigs have been culled in the republic since the outbreak was registered on June 30, while some 7,500 potentially-infected animals have yet to be put down.

According to 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.

Around 174 people have been deployed to guard the province's border, to ensure that no pork products are taken out of North Ossetia, which has approximately 115,000 domestic pigs.

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.