January 13th, local time, the regional office of the Russian Animal and Plant Epidemic Prevention and Quarantine Bureau announced that there was another outbreak of African swine fever in the Chernigov region of Russia’s coastal Krai.
According to a statement issued by the Russian satellite news agency on the 14th, the African swine fever that had been completely eliminated in the region at the end of last year has resurfaced, according to a statement issued by the Russian coastal Krai government.
“On 13 January, a memo from the veterinary laboratory of the Russian Animal and Plant and Animal Health and Quarantine Bureau showed that a case of African swine fever virus infection was found in the field environment of the Chernigov region – a wild boar carcass was found to carry African swine fever virus DNA.
African swine fever is a highly dangerous viral disease that spreads between pigs. The virus does not pose a threat to human health, but it will cause serious losses to the pig industry.
With no vaccine to prevent and cure, the spread of the disease can only be stopped through strict quarantine measures.
Since June 2020, 68 cases of African swine fever have been recorded in Russia’s Primorsky Krai, of which 46 occurred in human farms and 22 were caused by wild boars.
On December 20 last year, the government of the region announced that it had completely eliminated African swine fever.