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2015.09.08 13:45

Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Ignalina

Algirdas Acus 2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian Government’s Commission for Emergency Situations declared a state of emergency in north eastern Ignalina region after an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in one of Ignalina pig farm. 19 000 pigs have already been exterminated in ASF-hit farm owned by the Danish company Idavang.

Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Ignalina

Lithuanian Government’s Commission for Emergency Situations declared a state of emergency in north eastern Ignalina region after an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in one of Ignalina pig farm. 19 000 pigs have already been exterminated in ASF-hit farm owned by the Danish company Idavang.

The slaughter of pigs on the farm was completed last night. Less painful work and disinfection remains to be performed, according to the Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service.

Officials from the European Commission are expected to visit the Rupinskai Pig Complex this week. Idavang, the largest pig farmer in Lithuania, owns the farm.

An ASF outbreak was reported at the Rupinskai Complex on 24 July. It was the first case of the deadly virus found in domestic pigs in Lithuania.

The complex is located near Ignalina, between the border with Latvia and the south-eastern part of Lithuania.

Idavang representative said that the company doesn’t know how the virus could have found its way to the well protected complex and it’s one of the key questions, which they are trying to answer.

The version of a malicious contamination is not ruled out. The Prosecutor General’s Office received a request to open an investigation into whether the virus could have been spread intentionally.

Earlier this year, ASF was confirmed in two wild boars in Lithuania. In response, the forests affected were fenced off to prevent further spread of the virus, and Lithuania ordered a mass cull of wild boar, targeting 90% of the estimated 60,000 living on its territory.

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Vs of Government's Commission for Emergency Situations meeting, today

Soundbite, today (Lithuanian)

DAILIS ALFONSAS BARAKAUSKAS, Lithuanian Minister of Interior:

Companies that expect getting compensations from the state or EU will have to get insurance for their livestock.


Soundbite, today (Lithuanian)

JONAS MILIUS, Director of Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary Service:

A positive side in this situation is that the affected company had insurance for all of its activities. I think that the state will not need to compensate the losses, in this case.

Vs of virus affected Ignalina area, 07-25

Vs of affected pig complex, 07-24

Soundbite, today (Lithuanian)

ALGIS BARAVYKAS, Director of Lithuanian Pig Producers Association:

Their answer (insurance companies) is that in a state of war there is no talk of insurance from war. It is a simple logic. They had too many losses because of this case. If we’ll have to get insurance for livestock, the question is who is going to give us that kind of insurance?

Vs of pigs, recent archive

Soundbite, today (Lithuanian)

JONAS MILIUS, Director of Lithuanian State Food and Veterinary service:

There will be no new specific restrictions, because all necessary regulations have already been adopted. As you can see and hear, there are new cases reported in Latvia and Poland, but they are in a better position, as they have no big farm complexes near the border with Belarus.

Soundbite, today (Lithuanian)

VIRGINIJA BALTRAITIENE, Lithuanian Minister of Agriculture:
 

Probably, till we have a vaccine, till science offers its solutions, it will be difficult to speak about destroying the trouble-spots of the African Swine Fever, as we are not a closed state.

Vs of ASF affected Ignalina area, 07-25