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Russia Reports More African Swine Fever Cases in Volgograd Oblast

by 5m Editor
24 February 2014, at 7:23am

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities have reported six further cases of African swine fever affecting wild boars in the region of Volgograd.

A third follow-up report was sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on Friday, 21 February, stating that on 20 February, direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted on wild boar at the Government budget institution. Both tests resulted in positive outcomes.

According to the report, six cases were reported. However, a total of seven animals were destroyed.

The OIE reports that wild boars were shot on the territory of a game husbandry located 15 km from the village of Sosnovka. These animals were sampled for the monitoring of African swine fever. Laboratory studies confirmed that the wild boars were infected with African swine fever virus. The carcasses of the infected animals were incinerated.

Several measures such as control of wildlife reservoirs, quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s) and modified stamping out have been applied. However, no vaccination has been administered and none of the affected animals received treatment.

The source of the outbreak has, to date, not been determined.