A death of a pig of an African swine fever (ASF) was recorded in the village of Pustovoytovo. Poltava region, central Ukraine. The press secretary of the State Service for Food Safety and Consumers' Rights Protection on Thursday, April 6.
“According to the Head Department of the Ukrainian State Service for Food Safety and Consumers' Rights Protection in Poltava region, a case of African swine fever (ASF) and a death of a swine was recorded in a private household of a Ukrainian citizen, residing in the village Pustovoytovo, Poltava region, on April 3. The biomaterial samples examination proved African swine fever (ASF),” reads the message.
“Measures are being taken to localize the disease on the site of the outbreak and prevent the spread of ASF pathogens,” the Service stated.
The ASF virus is the causative agent of ASF. The virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in pigs, but persistently infects its natural hosts, warthogs, bush pigs and soft ticks of the Ornithodoros genus, without any visible symptoms.
No vaccine against ASF has been yet invented.