Deputy Prime Minister Denis Belozerov instructed to intensify the work on veterinary and sanitary control of agricultural products in order to prevent the introduction of pathogens of African swine fever, Yakutia 24 TV channel reported with the reference to the Regional Head’s Administration.
“The territory of Yakutia is safe from the African swine fever. There is no wild boar population. But we must realize that the active outbreaks are in close proximity to our borders. We have close trade and economic relations with these regions,” Belozerov said.
According to the Republic Department of Veterinary Medicine, the region has a comprehensive plan of measures to prevent the spread and elimination of the virus. All regions have created operational headquarters that include representatives of interested organizations and departments. Virus monitoring studies are conducted annually.
It is noted that, for 10 months of 2019, 73 samples have been tested on presence of the African swine fever, the results are negative.
From 2007 to 2019, 1499 outbreaks of African swine fever were recorded in Russia, including 909 among wild pig population and 590 among domestic pig population. Direct damage from it amounted to 5 billion rubles, indirect damage was from 50 to 70 billion rubles. In total, 113 such outbreaks were recorded in 2019.
Outbreaks in the Far East have occured in the Jewish Autonomous Okrug, Primorsky Krai and Amur Oblast.