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Swine fever confirmed in two counties in Latgale Province

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 RIGA, Nov 27 - Classical swine fever was ascertained today in three farms in Latgale Province (eastern Latvia) - two of them are located in Piedruja County, while the third is located in Svarini County, the general director of the Food and Veterinary Service Maris Balodins said in a special press briefing.

''These are small farms. Swine fever has not been ascertained in larger farms that export their products. There were a total of 17 pigs infected with swine fever, which were liquidated. The infected materials were burned, and these farms have been quarantined,'' Balodis said.

He said that the quarantine zone for these farms is three kilometers in radius.

''We will also inspect nearby farm located 10 kilometers in radius from the infected areas. There are currently over 40 specialists from the Food and Veterinary Service working at these locations,'' he added.

As reported, several wild boars shot by hunters in Dagda and Pasiene regions in Latgale Province (eastern Latvia) last week have been found to have classical swine fever, therefore the Food and Veterinary Service has issued a warning to Latgale pig farms and asks farmers to immediately report veterinarians if pigs fall ill or die.

The warning primarily concerns pig farms in Balvi, Vilaka, Baltinava, Karsava, Cibla, Ludza, Zilupe, Dagda, Kraslava, Aglona and Daugavpils regions, as the Food and Veterinary Service's representative Ilze Meistere previously told "Nozare.lv".

The Food and Veterinary Service has also asked hunters to report any dead wild boars they come upon near Latvia's borders with Belarus and Russia.

Classical swine fever is a highly contagious disease of pigs and wild boars that was last registered in Latvia in 1996.

Classical swine fever is not dangerous to humans.

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