Four More Boars Diagnosed With Swine Fever

Wild boars (Scanpix)
10/29/2014 10:02 AM
Category: Economy

Four wild boars have been diagnosed with African Swine Fever in Võru County in southern Estonia. This takes the number of reported outbreak areas in Estonia up to five.

Inge Saavo, of the Veterinary and Food Board, said the five pig farming enterprises located within the 200 square kilometers surrounding the place where the infected boars were found have been subjected to additional restrictions.

"There are restrictions on movement - the pigs cannot be moved out of the building without our permission - as well as increased biosecurity measures, although these were largely in place already," she told ERR radio news.

The first case of the African swine fever in Estonia was diagnosed in early September.

The infected animals have been located in four counties: two in Viljandi County, one in Valga County, one in Ida-Viru Country and the one in Võru County. No domesticated animal has been diagnosed with the disease yet.

The European Union has said that it is prepared to compensate up to 75 percent of the money spent on swine fever prevention and control.


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