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ROSTOV-ON-DON, August 5 (Itar-Tass) - An emergency situation regime has been imposed starting from Monday in the settlement of Markin in Russia’s southern Rostov region after an outbreak of African swine fever was registered there, the press service of the emergencies ministry’s regional department told Tass.
A swine died in a private household, and the result of the regional veterinary laboratory test for ASF was positive,” the press service said. According to early reports, about 600 pigs are to be culled there.
The emergency situation regime and quarantine in connection with African swine fever have been in place in the Yegorlyksky district of the region for already a month.
African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious disease of pigs caused by a virus. African swine fever can be spread through direct contact with infected pigs, faeces or body fluids; indirect contact via fomites such as equipment, vehicles or people who work with pigs between pig farms with ineffective biosecurity; pigs eating infected pig meat or meat products; biological vectors - ticks of the species Ornithodoros. There is no vaccine against African swine fever, which can be stopped from spreading only through culling infected animals.