23 March 2012, Friday, 10:58

Bashkir veterinarians open “hotline” on African hog cholera

author: Galia Nabieva

“Hotline” for getting information about cases of African hog cholera among wild boars and pigs is already working in the Republic, as it was stated during the meeting of the special commission for prevention of African hog cholera, held in Ministry for agriculture RB.

As the Chief State Veterinary Inspector RB, the head of Veterinary Dept RB Vakil Buranbaev mentioned, the situation with spreading of African hog cholera in 2012 is becoming more aggravated. Thus, new nests of this dangerous disease were registered in March in Karelia and Volgograd region. The last case is registered in Kalmykia on March 22. At present time the zone of hog cholera covers the vast territories, reaching Kursk, Voronezh, Saratov and Orenburg regions. Bashkortostan is also found in the risk zone.

Forecasts on spreading of African hog cholera remain extremely unfavorable and in this connection Republican authorities toughen the requirements on observation of veterinary-sanitary rules for pigs keeping, the press-service of Ministry for agriculture RB reports.

At present time small pig farms try to re-orientate their activity to other directions in cattle-breeding. This is a sort of economic insurance in case of appearance of hog cholera in the region because in this case their losses can become unbeatable. They start developing other branches in parallel with hog breeding.

The deputy head of Russian Agency for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision in Bashkortostan Rishat Kutlimatov is certain that only observation of such rules as hedging of territories, opening of sanitary inspection rooms, disinfection barriers and thermal treatment of fodders for pigs can prevent penetration of hog cholera into republican territory.

“In conditions of real threat only severe measures will help to stop spreading of African hog cholera on our territory” – Vakil Buranbaev stated.

Any person may report the facts of African hog cholera to the “hotline”: 8(347)273-50-36.