July 22, 2008


Russia culls 1,600 pigs as swine fever spreads


Close to 1,600 pigs have been culled in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of North Ossetia, after an outbreak of the African swine fever virus (ASFV).


A total of 369 pigs have died so far in the province, including four on Sunday, reports RIA Novosti. The entire herd of 9,000 pigs in the area would have to be culled.


Outbreaks of the highly contagious virus are rare outside Africa, but last spring Georgia, which borders on North Ossetia, saw outbreaks in 10 regions. A total of 20,000 pigs were culled.


Reprots said wild pigs may have caused the disease. Virus from the disease can survive for up to 15 weeks in raw pork, and up to six months in processed meat although the meat itself is no threat to humans.

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