More African Swine Fever in Lithuanian Swine

LITHUANIA- One new case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been detected in swine on a farm located in the Utena region of eastern Lithuania, which borders Belarus.
calendar icon 8 August 2014
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A dead pig (a five month-old male showing clinical signs similar to African swine fever) was delivered on 5 August to the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute (NFVRAI) from a backyard farm (with two pigs).

The pig had started to be sick on 29 July and died late night on 4 August. The other pig (a five month-old female) was clinically healthy. The State Food and Veterinary Service was immediately informed about this case and samples from the dead pig and blood samples from the clinically healthy pig were taken for PCR and ELISA.

On 6 August, the NFVRAI confirmed African swine fever using real-time PCR and found positive results to African swine fever antibodies using ELISA. The other pig (the five month-old female) tested negative by PCR and ELISA.

The clinically healthy pig was killed and destroyed., found on 29 July at different locations, were found in the already infected area under proper restrictions concerning African swine fever.

The source of the outbreak is still unknown.

Charlotte Rowney

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