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25.06.2013

Belarus steps up measures to combat ASF

MINSK, 25 June (BelTA) – Belarus has taken additional measures to prevent the spread of African swine fever and eliminate the hotbeds of the disease, Prime Minister Mikhail Myasnikovich announced at the session of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers on 25 June, BelTA learned.

“Yesterday the Council of Ministers adopted a resolution on additional measures in connection with the disease of pigs in household farms in some parts of the country. Local authorities, law enforcement, veterinary service and all relevant governmental authorities need to implement the measures set out in the resolution in full, and maybe do some more work taking into account regional particularities,” the Prime Minister said.

A national taskforce headed by Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusyi has been set up for operational decision-making and coordination of measures.

As previously reported, the Veterinary and Food Monitoring Department of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry has confirmed the cases of African swine fever in Grodno Oblast. In this regard, the State Veterinary Service has launched a set of measures to eliminate and prevent the spread of the disease.

African swine fever is a contagious viral disease that affects domestic and wild swine. The disease is transmitted via direct contact, via products made of pork, by ticks and mechanically (by transportation means, during the transportation of people and animals). No vaccine is available. The animals suspected to have the disease are slaughtered. The disease does not affect humans.