ASF outbreak in Nizhny Novgorod

Epidemics

18.02.11.Eksperty Rosselkhoznadzor confirmed reports of an outbreak of the hearth African swine fever (ASF) near the town of Dzerzhinsk, Nizhny Novgorod region, said on Friday Rosselkhoznadzor.

Earlier Friday, the chief veterinarian of the Russian Federation, Nikolai Vlasov, speaking at a news conference in Moscow, said the likely emergence of a new outbreak of the disease, but the information at the time was not confirmed.
Center of disease, the report said Rosselkhoznadzor, was found in the Nizhny Novgorod region, which is outside the fixed-disadvantaged areas (SFR and North Caucasian Federal District). The outbreak was reported in private farming (LPH). The final diagnosis of African swine fever confirmed by the National Reference Laboratory for ASF — Institute of Veterinary Virology and Microbiology (cover).

"The most likely version of how the virus got into this LPH is that he was brought to the kitchen waste from near a military unit," — said in a statement.

After confirming the information on the outbreak of the disease in Dzerzhinsk a meeting of a special commission, which was to develop a working plan to eliminate ASF. In particular, the area of infection has already taken measures to contain the source, pigs on the farm eliminated, make arrangements for disposal of carcasses and contaminated virus materials.

The beginning of 2011 was marked by three outbreaks of ASF have, and one of them occurred in atypical for this disease area — Leningrad region. As a rule, there are foci in southern Russia.

In February, the Russian government was in favor of increasing the penalty for violation of sanitation during an outbreak of African swine fever in 10 times — up to 5 million. Charge of agriculture First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov noted then that the increased fines will cover farmers who violate quarantine, and death of animals hiding cases during outbreaks of ASF.

African swine fever (disease Montgomery) was first recorded in 1903 in South Africa. Under natural conditions, are susceptible to domestic and wild pigs. The disease poses no threat to human health, but dangerous to livestock, since no cure and vaccine. The sources of the virus, along with sick pigs — infected food, water, health products. Among the carriers — the birds, pets and wild animals, rodents and skin parasites. Stop the spread of the virus can only be rigid quarantine, RIA "Novosti".

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