KRASNODAR, August 8 (Itar-Tass) —— A recent flood in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory might have contributed to an outbreak of African swine fever in the region, deputy head of the Krasnodar Territory veterinary administration Vladimir Grin said on Wednesday.
“African swine fever outbreaks were registered practically simultaneously at farms in the Ust-Labinsky, Krasnoarmeisky, Kalininsky, Korenovsky and Seversky districts,” he said. Two more cases were registered on Wednesday in small farms with up to 2,000 pigs in the Abinsky and Timashevsky districts. “The system of sanitary control there leaves much to be desired,” Grin noted.
Among factors that caused these outbreaks he listed violations of sanitary rules, an act of sabotage, and the flood in Krymsk.
According to Grin, just before the outbreak of the disease, thousands of people, including from other Russian regions, came to the Krymsk district to help it recover from the flood.
“The water that stayed in Krymsk during the flood was a nutrient medium for the virus. It might have been brought there by people of transportation vehicles. Outside the region, swine fever outbreaks were registered in the Volgograd region, and in Tver,” he noted.
Transport routes to resort cities of Novorossiisk, Gelendzhik and Anapa also run via the Krymsk district. “No all the vehicles underwent disinfection procedures, since the virus was not registered in the city at that time. The period of incubation and the subsequent massive spread of the disease give grounds to think this theory is right,” Grin said.
“As of now, more than 76,000 pigs are infected in the Krasnodar Territory. These pigs must be slaughtered,” the press service of the Krasnodar gerion governor told Itar-Tass. In all, about 700,000 pigs are bred at pig farms in the Krasnodar Territory, and about 100,000 – at farm households.
“Pig farms have one month to decide whether they would enhance sanitary protection measures or change their activities. There is no other way for the industry to survive,” Grin stressed.
An emergency situation regime over African swine fever outbreaks was imposed in the Krasnodar Territory on Tuesday. From Tuesday, any uncertified shipments of pigs, pork and pork products are banned. Veterinary control posts were installed along roads between settlements. Control was enhanced at slaughter houses, meat packing plants and big farms.