The State Food and Veterinary Service informs that in January this year 1454 samples from hunted wild boars were tested for the virus of African swine fever at the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute. Apart from the previously announced two positive cases no more infection of the dangerous contagious disease was detected.
“The surveillance of pigs kept by inhabitants living within the radius of three and ten kilometres in the forest areas of Šalčininkai and Alytus–Varėna regions where the epicentres of African swine fever had been detected was substantially reinforced as well. Blood and organ samples of all the pigs slaughtered in this area are subject to testing. 534 samples of pigs have been tested since the day of announcement of African swine fever on 24 January. No positive cases of African swine fever have been detected in pig keeping premises, however, the threat of the spread of the virus is very big.”,– said Dr Marius Masiulis, Head of Emergency Response Department of the State Food and Veterinary Service.
Monday February 3, 2014/ State Food and Veterinary Service/ Lithuania.