July 1, 2010

 

More ASF outbreaks reported in Russia

 
 

The Russian veterinary authorities have reported two new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF).

 

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 32 on Tuesday (June 29).

 

According to the report, both outbreaks took place at villages in Rostovskya. The first outbreak took place on June 20, when 13 animals were found infected and 752 others were found susceptible to the ASF virus.

 

The other outbreak occurred on June 21 when five cases were identified and 140 showed signs of susceptibility.

 

In total, 18 ASF cases were identified, and 892 animals were found susceptible to the virus. A total of 488 animals were destroyed.

 

According to the OIE, ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagic viral disease of swine, characterised by high fever, loss of appetite, haemorrhages in the skin and internal organs, and death in two to10 days on average.

 

The source of the outbreak remains under investigation.