Moldova and Russia Report Outbreaks of African Swine Fever

Market hogs ( Jo Windmann )

Moldova reported two outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) in backyard pigs, the Paris-based World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday.

The outbreaks took place in Gotesti in the district of Cantemir near the border with Romania, Reuters reports.

The ASF virus killed three pigs while another 10 pigs in the locations were slaughtered, the OIE said, citing a report from Moldova's animal health authority. Moldova has confirmed several outbreaks of ASF in recent months.

The ASF virus has no cure and no vaccine exists at this time. The disease impacts both domestic and wild pigs but does not impact humans or pose any food safety risk.

ASF is continuing to devastate China and is causing great alarm now in Bulgaria, as they’ve recently reported over 30 outbreaks of ASF and have culled over 130,000 pigs.

Russia reports outbreak

On Monday, an outbreak of ASF was detected at a small farm in Russia’s Primorsk region near its border with China, Reuters reported on Monday.

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