Scientist: New swine fever wave likely ({{commentsTotal}})

As the virus causing swine fever began to spread through the forests of Estonia more quickly in May last year, scientists are currently waiting for the next new wave of swine fever to hit, said Estonian University of Life Sciences professor of veterintary epidemiology Arvo Viltrop at the pig farmer information day in Rakvere on Thursday.

EMÜ’s study last year showed that in the case of nearly every farm outbreak of African swine fever on a farm, swine fever had been previously diagnosed in wild boars in nearby forests, reported the Ministry of Rural Affairs.

As cases of the African swine fever virus in wild boars show that the virus is widespread in the country’s forests, pig farmers must be very careful not to bring the contagion from forest to farm, noted Viltrop.

According to the EMÜ professor, the period of highest risk of infecting domestic pigs with the virus is during the summer months, during which wild boars are more active, and during which humans are likewise more active on wild boars’ travel paths.

“Causes of infection are often simpler than we think,” explained Viltrop. “The greatest risk is people, who may carry the virus onto farms on vehicles, stable inventory, or even their own clothes and shoes. Outbreaks can only be prevented by careful implementation of biosecurity measures.”

A an epidemiological survey conducted by EMÜ during the summer and fall of 2015 showed that out of 18 outbreaks among domestic pigs, 11 were likely the result of farm employees not following biological safety protocols; 6 outbreaks involved contaminated bedding or feed, an one single instance was able to be tied to contaminated green fodder.

Editor: Editor: Aili Sarapik

Siim Kallas.

Interview: Siim Kallas on ambitions, Estonian politics, and EU presidency

Following the local elections in October this year, Reform Party founder, former prime minister, EU commissioner, and presidential candidate Siim Kallas took on the job of municipal mayor of Viimsi, a community on the outskirts of Tallinn. In his interview with ERR's Toomas Sildam, Kallas talks about local government, his party, the EU presidency, and perspectives in Estonian politics.

ERR kasutab oma veebilehtedel http küpsiseid. Kasutame küpsiseid, et meelde jätta kasutajate eelistused meie sisu lehitsemisel ning kohandada ERRi veebilehti kasutaja huvidele vastavaks. Kolmandad osapooled, nagu sotsiaalmeedia veebilehed, võivad samuti lisada küpsiseid kasutaja brauserisse, kui meie lehtedele on manustatud sisu otse sotsiaalmeediast. Kui jätkate ilma oma lehitsemise seadeid muutmata, tähendab see, et nõustute kõikide ERRi internetilehekülgede küpsiste seadetega.
Hea lugeja, näeme et kasutate vanemat brauseri versiooni või vähelevinud brauserit.

Parema ja terviklikuma kasutajakogemuse tagamiseks soovitame alla laadida uusim versioon mõnest meie toetatud brauserist: