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New Outbreaks of African Swine Fever in North East Europe

18 August 2014

EU - Two new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been reported on farms in Utena in eastern Lithuania boardering Belarus.

A new outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) has also been confirmed in a wild boar in north eastern Poland.

On 10 August 2014, the owner of the backyard farm in Ignalina district municipality, Ceikinai parish (outbreak No. three in domestic pigs) informed a private veterinarian about the suspicion of an unknown pig disease.

The temperature of one of the two pigs (four moths old), which were kept, was increased (41ºC).

Late in the evening on 11 August, blood samples from both pigs were taken and send to National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute (NFVRAI).

On 12 August, the farmer reported the death of one pig. The carcase was delivered to NFVRAI for ASF testing. On 13 August, NFVRAI confirmed ASF using RT-PCR from blood and organ samples. 

The other pig has been stamped out and delivered to NFVRAI for ASF testing.

On 11 August, another case in Ignalina, Dukšto parish (outbreak No four in domestic pigs) in a backyard farm, which held one pig, was reported by the owner, i. e. the death of the pig without any clinical signs.

On 12 August, the carcase was delivered to NFVRAI for ASF testing. On 13 August, NFVRAI confirmed ASF using RT-PCR from organ samples.

The source of the outbreak is still unknown. 

The incident in Poland is in Podlaskie, which has experienced previous cases of ASF. 

This particular outbreak was in a single wild boar, which was found dead.

The cause of the outbreak is still unknown. 

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