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Russia Culls 54,962 Pigs to Control African Swine Fever Disease

Russia culled and destroyed 54,962 pigs in the west of the country to contain an outbreak of the deadly porcine disease African Swine Fever, the World Organisation for Animal Health reported.

Pigs were culled at 11 locations in July and August after pigs died from the disease at a dozen farms and villages, based on a notification from Russia’s Ministry of Agriculture to the Paris-based animal-health organization published online today.

African Swine Fever is harmless to people, and caused by a virus for which there is no vaccine. The disease may have been introduced in the region in 2007 when pigs at a dump in the Black Sea port of Poti ate garbage from a ship, the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization says.

The culls included 32,864 pigs at the Zavolzhskoye farm in the village of Zavolzhskoe in Tver Oblast, and 13,886 swine at the Gerba farm in Mingrelskaya, Krasnodar Krai, according to the OIE notice.

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