January 27, 2014

Ukraine's ASF outbreak prompts closure of Ukraine, Russia border


Triggered by the second outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Ukraine, authorities are prompted to tighten custom controls with Russia and temporarily close the local crossing between the countries for both vehicles and pedestrians.


The State Sanitary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine reported that on January 13 Ukraine registered a second outbreak of ASF in the country. The virus was detected in the carcass of a dead wild boar in the Luhansk Oblast of the country.


State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service, in response to the outbreak, introduced a quarantine in three villages in the region, Kamyshnoe, Yuganovka and Kolesnikovka.


Alexander Verzhihovsky, the director of the Department of Veterinary Medicine of State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service, said that there are a total of 110 pigs on the farms in the quarantine zone and these will all be culled.