No Danger of African Swine Fever in Azerbaijan

AZERBAIJAN - There is no danger of spread of African swine fever virus in Azerbaijan, as the country banned imports of pork and pork fat from the Rostov and other regions of Russia.
calendar icon 19 July 2010
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"Azerbaijan imposed a ban on pork imports from these areas, when African swine fever was detected," Spokesman to the Azerbaijani State Veterinary Service under the Agriculture Ministry Yolchu Khanveli said.

The Russian veterinary laboratory's experts confirmed the diagnosis of African swine fever in the Rostov region of the country. According to Trend, the virus is registered in 12 villages of five districts - Kamenskoe, Konstantinovski, October, Tarasovski and Dubovsky.

Mr Khanveli said the ban on pork imports from areas where dangerous diseases identified is valid for three years and the term may be extended in case of re-identification.

Mr Khanveli said Azerbaijan imports pork and pork fat just from Europe, in particular, from the Netherlands and Denmark.

"Pork and pork fat are used mainly for production of sausage and meat products. There is no great demand for this meat from a religious conviction in Azerbaijan," Khanveli said.

The Service appealed to the International Epizootics Office for inclusion of Azerbaijan in the list of countries with stable epizootic situation in 2009, he said.

"The veterinary service submitted blood samples of pigs from certain regions of the country to the laboratory of the Bureau and the issue of inclusion of Azerbaijan in this list should be resolved in the near future," Khanveli said.

There are a little over 8,000 pigs in Azerbaijan due to low demand for pork.

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