July 11, 2012


Russia's Tver region hit by ASF outbreaks


Russia's Tver region has been hit by three fresh outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF), according to the Rosselkhoznadzor, the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.


All of them occurred in wild boars, in different parts of the region.


The Tver region is located directly North West of Moscow.


Genetic material of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus was detected during the study of samples of pathological material, selected from two pigs in the territory of the public organisation Rameshkovskoe District Hunting and Fishing Organisation, in Rameshkovsky district of Tver region.


Rosselkhoznadzor, together with state veterinary services, have been carrying out a complex of measures to contain and prevent further spread of infection.


Only hours later, two additional outbreaks were reported. Again, this occurred when samples of pathological material from two wild boars was studied.


"ASF virus genetic material was found during the study by All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Veterinary Virology and Microbiology of the samples of pathological material, selected from two wild boars - one killed in the hunting territory 'Safari' and the other in the hunting area of Likhoslavl district," the statement read.


Representatives of veterinary services report that the virus now cover all districts of the Tver region. As a result of migration of wild boars from Tver region, ASF has also moved into the territory of the Volgograd region. Veterinary Services of Smolensk, Moscow, Yaroslavl and Pskov regions are currently taking emergency measures to prevent the migration of wild boars from the territory of the Tver region.