More than 50 ASF foci detected in Russia since the beginning of the year
Since the beginning of this year, 53 outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have been identified in Russia. This was reported in the review of the Information and Analytical Center of Rosselkhoznadzor.
Most of them were domestic livestock. Among them, 31 outbreaks were registered. Another 22 outbreaks were identified among wild boars.
Recall that African swine fever is a viral disease that kills domestic and wild pigs and wild boars. The latter serve as the main carrier of this disease. Also, other diseased livestock, meat and other products of their production (including waste), equipment for slaughter, cutting and other procedures, etc. can be its sources. For humans, the disease is still considered harmless. However, scientists do not exclude the emergence of new strains that pose a threat to humans. They refer to similar mutations of the coronavirus. While there is no official treatment for the disease, there are only standard preventive measures or the slaughter of livestock in case of infection. However, some countries are already close to solving this problem. For example, last year we wrote about the development of an experimental vaccine in Vietnam, China, the United States, and the Philippines. In the first of them, a similar drug has already been created. Also, Russian scientists have released an effective candidate vaccine strain against the disease and are working on creating a real drug. Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko gave an instruction to develop a reliable vaccine until 2024.
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