Mobile furnace built to combat African swine fever

Wild boars (Scanpix)
1/21/2015 4:40 PM
Category: Environment

A mobile furnace has entered service to improve the battle against the African swine fever, which has hit wild boar in South and East Estonia.

“Although no domesticated pigs have been diagnosed with swine flue, we must be prepared to wipe out any potential outbreak at the location,” Agriculture Minister Ivari Padar said.

The 250,000-euro furnace can burn up to a ton of animal carcases per hour.

So far, 81 wild boars have been found with African swine fever in Viljandi, Võru, Valga and Ida-Viru counties. The virus does not pose a direct threat to humans but can cause great economic damage in the agriculture sector.

J.M. Laats

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