February 25, 2014

 

Russian region Volgograd reports more ASF cases

 

 

The Russian veterinary authorities have reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) additional six cases of African swine fever (ASF) affecting wild boars in the region of Volgograd.

 

A third follow-up report was sent to the OIE on Friday, (Feb 21), stating that on February 20, direct immunofluorescence (DIF) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were conducted on wild boar at the Government budget institution. Both tests resulted in positive outcomes.

 

According to the report, six cases were reported, but a total of seven animals were destroyed.

 

The OIE reports that wild boars were shot on the territory of a game husbandry located 15 kilometres from the village of Sosnovka. These animals were sampled for the monitoring of ASF. It was confirmed, through laboratory studies, that the wild boars were infected with ASF virus. The carcasses of the infected animals were incinerated.

 

Several measures such as control of wildlife reservoirs, quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening, disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s) and modified stamping out have been applied. However, no vaccination has been administered and none of the affected animals received treatment.

 

The source of the outbreak has, to date, not been determined.