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Epidemic checkups introduced at Belarus-Lithuania border crossing points

August 01, 2013, 12:37 UTC+3

These measures may prevent African swine fever spreading

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MOSCOW, August 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russia’s Federal Customs Service has issued a warning to the holders of passports of the Eurasian Customs Union countries who are going to cross the Belarusian-Lithuanian border that epidemics control measures have been introduced at the border crossing stations for people traveling by cars.

Lithuanian authorities have tightened control over the private individuals going to visit Lithuania in order to prevent the penetration of their territory by the African Swine Fever /ASF/, a highly contagious viral diseases that wipes out populations of pigs on whole farms, which is now believed to pose danger to humans as well.

Upon crossing the Belarusian-Lithuanian border into the Lithuanian territory, the travelers will be expected to get out of the cars and walk on aseptizing pads. The procedure is mandatory.

If a person refuses to walk on the mats, the border officials will deny an entry to them.

Simultaneously with disinfecting the travelers’ shoes, antiseptic procedures vehicles will also be introduced.

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