August 11, 2010


Russia finds ASF-infected pig carcasses



Swine carcasses are reported to have been found by specialists from the Russian Territorial Administration of the Rosselkhoznadzor at a dumpsite at a settlement near Volgograd Oblast.


It showed that the pigs died from African swine fever (ASF). An investigation detected that the animals had been kept in one of the private farm holdings that earlier had been put under quarantine.


The information on the violation of the veterinary and sanitary legislation has been forwarded to the prosecutor's office of the Volgogradskaya Oblast for the measures of prosecutor's supervision to be taken.


Russia has culled 17,000 pigs since the start of the year to prevent the spread of African swine fever (ASF), while a new outbreak of the pig killer was registered in the south, the Agriculture Ministry said.


ASF, a viral disease which is not a threat to people, has been detected in 13 localities so far this year, and the quarantine has already been lifted from eight of them, the ministry said earlier in June.