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New Agriculturist: News brief - African Swine Fever spreads to Armenia
 
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African Swine Fever spreads to Armenia

'Backyard herds' roam freely in many parts of Georgia. (© FAO/M. Kramer)
'Backyard herds' roam freely in many parts of Georgia.
© FAO/M. Kramer

The African Swine Fever (ASF) epidemic sweeping across Georgia has hit neighbouring Armenia. More than 68,000 pigs have been killed or culled in Georgia since the outbreak was confirmed in June 2007, the first time ASF has been found in the Caucasus region. The rapid spread of the disease in Georgia has been attributed to the 500,000-or-so pigs in "backyard herds" that roam freely in many parts of the country.

Armenia's backyard herds are believed to number one million. In a recent joint mission to Armenia of the European Community, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), warned that "all pig units must be regarded as being at risk." The FAO, which is to support governments in Georgia and Armenia to implement national control strategies, has called for controls on animal movements and improved biosecurity on farms.

Date published: November 2007

 

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