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LATVIA has become the third EU member state after Lithuania and Poland to confirm cases of African swine fever (ASF) within its boundaries. On June 26, Maris Balodis, Latvia's chief veterinary officer, reported to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that three wild boar and three domestic backyard pigs had tested positive for the virus. All the affected animals were located near to Latvia's border with Belarus.
Following the initial report, Latvia informed the OIE of further positive cases in wild boar and domestic pigs.
In a preliminary outbreak assessment on June 30, Defra's International Disease Monitoring (IDM) team reported that disease control measures were already in place in Latvia to control classical swine …
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