August 1, 2008


Swine fever intensifies in Russia's province of North Ossetia


An outbreak of the African swine fever virus in Russia's North Caucasus republic of North Ossetia has so far killed 1,076 pigs, the regional emergency service said on Wednesday (July 30, 2008).


The outbreak was registered on June 30 and more than 3,400 pigs have been culled since then. 7,500 potentially-infected animals have yet to be put down.


This is close to 10 percent of the province's 115,000 pig population. 


Preliminary reports said that the infection may have been brought in by wild pigs.


The virus can survive for up to 15 weeks in raw pork, and up to six months in processed meat.


The virus causes lethal hemorrhagic disease in pigs but is harmless to humans.


Authorities are ensuring no pork products are transported out of the province's.

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