22 October 2009, Thursday, 14:53

African plague mustn’t penetrate into our Republic

author: Mariat Artuhova

African plague is one more scourge, having appeared in the agricultural complex of Russia. It mustn’t penetrate into Bashkortostan and in order to prevent penetration of this dangerous disease the Republic puts reliable barriers. The measures, able to prevent penetration of African plague into Bashkortostan, were under discussion today in Ministry of agriculture RB.

Historically African plague has penetrated into Russia along a river from Georgia two years ago. That time 250 thousand pigs have been slaughtered and buried in this neighboring country. In 2008 a businessman from Georgia managed to bring the plague to Orenburg region. In 2009 this deadly pig disease covered Rostov region.

The chief state veterinary inspector RB Khalil Burganov says from one side this disease is dangerous only for pigs but from another side it suffers great losses. In monetary expression these losses can reach 30 billion rubles all over the country. Liquidation of one plague nest costs 30 million rubles, no vaccine against this disease is still invented and slaughter is the only way to get rid of it.

African plague steps out briskly and if only 20 nests were registered in Rostov region yesterday, the number of the nests, discovered today is equal to 25. Per se this is the deadly pig virus, which can be easily carried by migrant birds.

Bashkortostan installed solid barriers before the African plague. 128 operative veterinary teams are found on permanent alertness. All teams are provided with disinfectants, overalls and transport. 25 round-the-clock posts are opened in ten towns of Bashkortostan and 16 posts in 14 regions.

Heads and specialists of all services and organizations, involved in struggle with African plague, say situation is found under strict control and there is no need for panic. The main thing now is to observe elementary safety measures. All pigs have to be kept in close mode, without contacts with other domestic animals. Their ration has to include only thermally treated fodders.

The hunt season is declared open in our Republic and autumn migrations of wild boars are not far off, so the hunters have to check the boars they shoot off too.

The next meeting on African plague is planned on the next week.

themes: agriculture