In November 2012 Latvia confirmed the presence of classical swine fever in feral pigs in the eastern part of
its territory, along the border with Russia and Belarus. Following the cases in the wild boar, in November 2012 classical swine fever outbreaks in backyard pig holdings were also confirmed in the same area.
Latvia has adopted disease control measures as provided for in Directive 2001/89/EC, that have lead to the eradication of the disease from those pig holdings.
In the light of the epidemiological situation, on 15 January 2013 Latvia submitted to the Commission,
in accordance with Directive 2001/89/EC, a plan for the eradication of classical swine fever in the concerned area of that Member State. In addition, as Latvia intends to introduce vaccination of feral pigs, on the same date it also submitted to the Commission a vaccination plan for its approval.
The plans submitted by Latvia have been examined by the Commission and found to comply with Directive
The plans submitted by Latvia on 15 January 2013 for the eradication of classical swine fever and for the emergency vaccination of feral pigs are approved.
Wednesday February 20, 2013/ DOUE/ European Union.