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African Swine Fever Found in Latvia

30 June 2014

LATVIA - The first case of African swine fever has been found in Latvia – the third country in the EU to have discovered the disease.

On 25 June, three wild boars were found dead close to Belarus border in Kepovas parish, Dagdas county.

Samples were taken and sent to investigation.

On 26 June, the National Reference Laboratory confirmed positive results for African swine fever virus for all three wild boars.

All measures according to the Directive 2002/60/EC have been put in place.

Also, on 25 June, three domestic pigs in one backyard holding in Robeznieku parish, Kraslavas county, were examined and sampled because of a suspicion of African swine fever or classical swine fever.

Samples were taken and sent for investigation.

On 26 June, the National Reference Laboratory also confirmed African swine fever virus for all three domestic pigs.

Protection and surveillance zones have been established for African swine fever and all measures according the Directive 2002/60/EC and are in place.

The OIE Animal Health Information Department said: “Since this is the first time that African swine fever is identified in the history of the country, the reason for notification as first occurrence applies to the country but the event is in fact circumscribed to a zone.”

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