Almost 10 000 samples tested for ASF in 2015

Altogether 9,562 tissue samples from wild boars were tested for African swine fever (ASF) in Estonia during 2015 and of the samples 1,095 or 11.5 percent were positive.

Of the samples testing positive for ASF 410 were from animals killed by hunters and 685 from animals found dead, the Estonian Hunters Society said on its website.

The number of samples tested during 2014 was 1,056 and 73 or them or 7 percent showed the presence of ASF. The number of positive samples from hunted animals surged from nine in 2014 to 410 in 2015.

It is therefore particularly important that samples were taken from all hunted animals in restricted zones 2 and 3, the Estonian Hunters Society said.

The number of infected areas in Estonia grew from seven at the end of 2014 to 26 at the end of last year.

To be ready for the warm season, the Estonian Hunters Society and the Veterinary and Food Board have begun to install walk-in refrigerators for the preservation of game carcasses across Estonia, including in areas where ASF has not been detected so far.

Source: BNS via Estonian Review

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