African swine fever: one to blame found

The Belarusian State Veterinary Centre has shifted the responsibility for death losses onto an enterpreneur who allegedly supplied the regions with combination fodders shipped from abroad.

It is still unknown why both customs officers and veterinary services overlooked the deliveries. At the moment it is forbidden to dispose of pork in Hrodna region, Leanid Zayats, Minister for Agriculture and Food, told the newspaper Byelorusskaya Niva. He also promised to prevent the illness from transmitting.

But the Ministry takes it on the slow bell: only by August will regional farms and households have to introduce protective regime.

For no obvious reason large numbers of swine fell in Minsk, Brest and Vitsebsk region not long ago; the authorities tried to becloud unpleasant facts and did not comment on the recent developments. However, on June 19, 2013 several agricultural production cooperatives in Staubtsy district were closed. But only after Russian and Ukraine imposed a ban on shipments of Belarusian pork, the outbreak of swine fever was recognised by the Belarusian authorities.

African swine fever virus (ASFV) is the causative agent of African swine fever (ASF). The virus causes a haemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in pigs. ASF does not pose a threat to life and health of people.


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