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Weekly Overview: ASF Spreads in Russian, Ukrainian and Latvian Pig Herds

13 July 2015, at 6:00am

ANALYSIS - It is disease news making the headlines again this week after more outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) were detected on pig operations in Ukraine, Latvia and Russia.

In Ukraine, ASF was found on a backyard pig operation in Gornostaypil village, Ivankivskyi, Kiev.

Of the 67 pigs on the farm only one pig became ill and died. It is not yet known whether the other pigs on the farm have been slaughtered to prevent the spread of the disease.

Latvia reported one outbreak of ASF in a backyard pig operation in Cibla county. Of the five pigs susceptible, only two cases were reported. However, all pigs on the farm were slaughtered to prevent the spread.

Russia also confirmed to the OIE that six village farms in the Kurskaya, Kaluzhskaya, Orlovskaya, Volgogradskaya and Saratovskaya regions had ASF outbreaks.

In total across the six village herds there were 25 cases. All susceptible pigs at the farms were slaughtered to prevent any further spread of the disease.

ASF was also reported in wild boar throughout the past week. Lithuania reported three new outbreaks, Estonia 17, Poland five, Ukraine one and Latvia 15.

There has also been another outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus in Canada. The outbreak was reported on a farrow to finish farm in Oxford County, Ontario.

In other news, UK pork exports have grown by 44 per cent in the last five years, largely down to increased trade with China.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss revealed that the UK's pork exports now generate £214 million a year, £30 million of which is shipped to China.

"I want to do all we can to increase access to growing markets like China. Opening new export markets is a central part of our ambition for the UK food and farming sector to lead the world," commented Ms Truss.

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