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ASF issue to be discussed at Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council meeting

ASF issue to be discussed at Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council meetingThe National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine will discuss the fight against African Swine Fever (ASF) at its next meeting, Ukraine's Agricultural Policy and Food Ministry said.

"I raised the issue. I think that at the nearest NSDC meeting the issue would be raised," Minister Taras Kutoviy said.

He said that steps to relax access of veterinaries to households and determine the compensation scheme for killed pigs to households could settle the situation with the virus spreading.

"Priority measures include a ban on moving live pigs from one region to another, civilised slaughter techniques in slaughter houses and reducing pig slaughtering at households," the minister said.

As reported earlier, ASF virus is spreading in Ukraine.

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. There is currently no vaccine against ASF.
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