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Russia Bans Hogs, Boars Carriage on African Swine Fever

July 19, 2012

Russia’s food-safety authority banned the transportation of hogs, wild boars and their meat in the Tver region because of African swine fever outbreaks.

The ban began yesterday, according to the agency, known as Rosselkhoznadzor. The region, northwest of Moscow, is expected to ban hunting for boars starting Aug. 1, the agency said in an e-mailed statement.

Outbreaks of the disease were first registered in the region in May 2011. This year 21 new outbreaks have been registered in private households, farms and hunting areas in wild forests in Tver, according to Rosselkhoznadzor data. The last six outbreaks were detected in the 10 days through today.

The regional government adopted a five-year program through 2017 that requires spending of 370 million rubles ($11.6 million) to eliminate the virus, Rosselkhoznadzor said July 13.

The fever is a viral disease that’s lethal for pigs and harmless for humans, according to the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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