The Ministry of Agriculture and Food of Belarus denies reports of an outbreak in the Republic of African swine fever, explaining that incorrect information due to the ongoing exercise.
Earlier, some media reported that in the two villages and Novogrudok Korelichsky Grodno region of Belarus outbreaks of African swine fever. After the residents of villages seized and burned pigs, there is information that the animals were sick with plague.
As reported in Thursday's press release from the Ministry of Agriculture, with outbreaks of African swine fever and other diseases in the countries of the Customs Union, the relevant agencies, it was decided to "organize and conduct regional and regional exercises to simulate an emergency response in case of illness."
The report notes that the practice of such exercises recommended by the International Epizootic Bureau, and is widely used by veterinary services of all States to practice acts of state services and the public in the event of outbreaks of animal disease.
The Office notes that in Novogrudok and Korelichsky Grodno region 16 — 18 February was followed by regional exercises "in the mode of the situation as close to real conditions, with the use of surprise and testing of concrete actions and preventive measures."
"In evaluating the results of the exercises in the Grodno region, it should be noted that all the services mentioned areas are well prepared and as a result of their joint actions and well the work set by learning task has been fully implemented," — said in a press release.
The ministry also noted that the 17 — 18 June 2011 in the Gomel region held a joint multinational exercise to test the veterinary joint action emergency response in case of foot and mouth disease, and 16 — 17 December 2011 in Mogilev region and January 27 — 28 2012 in Vitebsk republican exercises to simulate an emergency response in case of African swine fever.
The Office notes that the exercises were conducted at the national level and their carrying out alerts the veterinary services of neighboring countries and the OIE (Office International des Epizooties), as well as the media.