Awareness of Wild Boar as a ASF Vector

20 April 2012, at 10:38am

RUSSIA - Farmers are urged to be aware and strengthen defences against wild boar contact with domestic herds as wild boars are outlined as one of the major vectors for African Swine Fever (ASF)

In March 2012, a study of samples of pathological material, selected from the hunting grounds of LLC "Zalesie" Torzhok district of Tver region showed boars contained ASF.

It should be recalled that the ASF affects both domestic pigs and wild boars. Infection occurs through contact with sick animals.

The disease is easily spread where preventive measures are weak. Sick animals must therefore be destroyed.

In the Altai territory weak management and preventitive practices have been observed where wild boars are allowed contact with domestic herds and domestic pigs are allowed free reign landfills and areas where dead animals are disposed.

Farmers are asked to remember a few simple rules:

  • No contact between wild boars and domestic pigs
  • Feed must be heat-treated
  • Purchase, sale, slaughter and delivery all to follow health measures and be undertaken only in designated areas and under the control of the State Veterinary Service.
  • Monitor the clinical status of pigs and immediately report and suspect cases to the veterinary service
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