Another swine fever outbreak reported in Ukraine


Veterinary experts have reported a new case of African swine fever (ASF) in Ukraine recorded in Rivne region, according to the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service's press office.

As reported, lab tests have confirmed that pigs from a farm at a Rivne region's Horodyshche-based Correctional Colony No.96 were infected, the regulator said. However, the agency does not specify the number of infected animals. Measures to contain and prevent the spread of the ASF pathogen are being taken. Read also Belarus limits pork imports from Ukraine's Zhytomyr region because of ASF

According to open source data, 140 ASF cases have been reported in Ukraine since the beginning of 2017. In total, 288 ASF outbreaks had been registered in 24 Ukrainian regions since 2012, as of December 6, 2017. As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukraine's veterinary experts reported 41 ASF cases in the second half of 2017 (H2), which was almost a third less than in H2 2016 and H1 2017. Read also Swine fever outbreaks recorded in three Ukrainian regions Head of the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service Volodymyr Lapa forecasts that the total number of outbreaks in 2017 may grow to 200-250 cases.


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