The agriculture ministry’s Department for Veterinary and Food Control warned that recklessness resulting in the transmission of animal infectious diseases may be punished with a prison sentence of up to two years. If ASF does not spread, the punishment will be lightened: one may be warned or $220 fined.
According to the regulations, the ban on raising swine will concern persons who work at pig complexes and farmers living within a radius of 5 kilometres from such complexes.
All the pigs in Liakhavichy, Baranavichy, partly Ivatsevichi and Pruzhany districts should be slaughtered, the authorities of Brest region said. This area lies in the closes vicinity to the pest spot in Iuye district (Hrodna region).
“People must strictly observe veterinary and sanitary rules and recommendations aimed at preventing the spread of African swine fever,” says the statement.
Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia introduced a temporary ban on shipments of pigs and pig meat from Belarus. The European Union expressed concern over spreading the disease in Belarus. “If a single centre of infection is found in Latvia or Lithuania it will cause freezing exports from all the countries of the bloc,” Jonas Milus, Head of the Lithuanian Veterinary and Food Agency, said.
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.