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Swine fever hotbed in Lozova

A hotbed of swine fever was confirmed in Lozova village of Strășeni district. Specialists took measures on the spot and the animals were slaughtered. Posts were set up at the entrance into and exit of the village so as not to allow taking pigs or pork and pork products in and out.

Contacted by IPN for details, the mayor of the village Lilian Botnaru said that it goes to two private farms. One of them had up to ten pigs, while the other one had about 30 pigs. The houses are located on the outskirts of the village and the people have space for breeding animals. Checks were carried out at other addresses later, but no other hotbeds were confirmed.

The National Food Safety Agency said the samples taken in Lozova were tested at the African swine fever national reference laboratory of the Republic of Moldova.

The pig owners are asked to urgently inform the local subdivisions of the Agency, veterinarians or the local public authorities if the animals get sick or die, not to use food remains to feed the pigs and to respect the minimum biosecurity requirements.

African swine fever is a highly contagious viral disease that is not a danger to human health, but spreads swiftly among domestic and wild pigs. If the virus is confirmed, the animals are slaughtered so as to prevent the spread of the disease.

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