STEPANAKERT (Armenpress)–The government of Nagorno-Karabakh approved Thursday a plan of urgent actions to stop the spread of a disease that hits pigs. Local agricultural minister Armo Tsaturian said the first incidents of the disease, known as African Swine Fever, had been registered in Askeran and Martakert regions, but the disease has already slipped into other areas of the republic.
A special office was established by prime minister Ara Harutunian to tackle the problem. The office will set up special teams that will destroy affected animals.
The office has further enforced a ban on pig movemen’s and marketing along with strict entry and exit controls between all infected and free areas.
The disease, in all likelihood, has spread to Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia, where it has already killed about 5,000 pigs.
The outbreak of African Swine Fever was first reported in Georgia in early June. It then spread to Armenia.
African Swine Fever, which is highly contagious among pigs, results in high pig mortality, as there is no vaccine against the disease. It does not, however, affect humans.