Lithuania to slaughter 20,000 pigs as swine fever spreads




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Lithuania to slaughter 20,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
Lithuania to slaughter 20,000 pigs as swine fever spreads
Lithuanian authorities on Thursday ordered slaughter of 19,400 pigs at one of country’s largest farms as an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) region spread.

was first case of ASF to be found farm pigs Baltic country, Chief Veterinary Officer Jonas Milius said, amid an outbreak which cases have appeared neighboring countries.

“We take additional measures to contain fever, as we have already been operating as if a full-scale outbreak is underway,” Milius told Reuters in a telephone .

Latvia, which has also found cases, has suspended imports of Lithuanian raw pork and pork meat products. Poland has also ASF cases at farm pigs near its with Belarus. [eap_ad_2] ASF was found after pigs in the Rupinskai farm near the Belarusia and Latvia began dying in larger numbers than usual on Wednesday, the farm’s owner, Danish firm Idavang, said.

The farm was taken over by the veterinary service after the virus was confirmed in the dead pigs.

All pigs on the farm be exterminated, Idavang said. The company is the biggest pig farmer in Lithuania with 525,000 pigs at 11 farms, said on its website.

According to the World Organisation for Animal there is so far no effective against ASF, but the poses no danger to human . (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]