Two New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in Lithuania

15 October 2014, at 12:07am

LITHUANIA - There has been two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) reported and confirmed in the Alytus and Vilnius regions of the country.

On 11 October in Alytus, six wild boars were found dead in the same forest where on 30 September a positive hunted wild boar was detected.

Samples for African swine fever testing were collected from the wild boar and sent to the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute within the framework of the national African swine fever surveillance programme.

The results of real-time PCR tests performed on 11 October 2014 were positive for African swine fever.

In Vilnius two wild boars (around six months old) were hunted and tested for African swine fever in the framework of the national African swine fever programme.

One out of two (a six-month-old female) tested positive for African swine fever with real-time PCR. The meat of both wild boars was collected and destroyed under supervision of official veterinarian.

The source of the outbreaks is still unknown.