African swine fever found in Estonian wild pig

A carcass of a wild pig that died of African swine fever, an animal disease that poses a severe threat to pork producers, was found in southern Estonia last week, government veterinary officials confirmed today.

“The infected dead wild pig was found six kilometers from the Latvian border. No domesticated animal has been diagnosed with the disease yet,” said Veterinary and Food Board director general Ago Pärtel in a statement. He reiterated calls for strict measures to keep the situation that way.

Wild pigs with the disease were found in Latvia earlier in the summer, and the virus is believed to have been present on the Estonian side of the border already earlier.

The disease in the Estonian pig was diagnosed by a EU lab in Spain.

There are 15 pig farming enterprises within an eight-kilometer radius of the carcass, which was found in Hummuli in southern Estonia. Partel has established additional strict measures on slaughter and movement of animals for these farms.

Agriculture Minister Ivari Padar said in a media statement: “Restrictions are likely on the way for export of live pigs. These do not impact meat and meat products.”

Source: ERR News

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