More African Swine Fever Found in Lithuanian Wild Boar

LITHUANIA - Two wild boar have tested positive for the African swine fever virus at different locations in the country - one near Panevezys in the north-east and one near Vilnius in the east.
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The veterinary authority sent two Follow Up Reports to the World Organisation for Animal Health dated 31 October.

The first reports the finding of one wild boar positive for the African swine fever virus in the district of Kupiskis in the county of Panevezys in the north-east of the country.

Three wild boar – a 10-month-old male, a one-year-old female and a two-year-old male – were hunted between 22 and 24 October 2014 in the Panevezys county, which is in the Part III area of the Commission Implementing Decision 2014/709/EU and in the framework of the national ASF programme. On 30 October, the carcasses were delivered for ASF testing and the next day, ASF was confirmed in one 10-month-old male by the National Reference Laboratory (National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute) with real-time PCR.

According to the second report of the same date, parts of a dead wild boar (approximately two to three years old) were found and sent for testing. It tested positive for the African swine fever virus. The animal was found in Vilnius district in the east of the country, near to the border with Belarus and between 1.5 and 2.0 kilometres from the location where other African swine fever-positive wild boar have been hunted.

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