April 19, 2010


New ASF outbreak in Russia



A new case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been reported in the south-west of Russia.


The Russian veterinary authority has sent Follow Up Report No. 25 dated April 15 to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).


The report describes one new outbreak of ASF in a herd of 45 village pigs in Persianovka settlement in Rostovskaya oblast, which started on 9 April. Four of the herd were affected, one of which died and the remaining animals were destroyed.


Regular outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), which continue to be registered in the south of Russia may create serious problems for the domestic meat and feed grain exporters, some Russian analysts in the field of agriculture believe.


According to these analysts, in the worst-case scenario Russia will have to stop all of its pork as well as feed grain exports and the ban will last for decades.


Meanwhile, the current situation remains uncertain and unpredictable. So far, farmers and veterinary authorities have already destroyed more than 80,000 pigs, but the virus continues to spread.


The total direct damage from the epidemic has reached RUB1.5 billion.