The Rosselkhoznadzor warned of new outbreaks of African swine fever in 2019.
In 2019, Russia will face new outbreaks of African swine fever, while domestic veterinary services are not adapted to combat a dangerous disease. This was stated to journalists by the Deputy Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikolay Vlasov.
According to the agency, almost the entire European part of the country is under threat. In addition, the Volga region, the Southern Urals and the Far East are in the risk zone.
“ASF in China has almost reached the borders of Russia. The likelihood of drift into the Primorsky Territory, the Amur Region and the Khabarovsk Territory is very likely, ”Vlasov warned.
He added that neither the structure of the veterinary service, nor the legislation are yet ready to effectively combat the epidemic, while the spread of contagion damages the country’s economy. The Rosselkhoznadzor is also concerned about the possible extinction of the Amur tiger and leopard, which mainly hunt wild boars.
“If African swine fever will be carried into the wild, then not only wild boars, but also tiger and leopard will die out there,” Vlasov’s Russian newspaper quotes.
Earlier, the regional Ministry of Agriculture reported that due to the ASF in the Kaliningrad region there is a question about the preservation of pig breeding. Experts noted the disappearance of hunting tourism in the region due to African swine fever.