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On Thursday, the Emergency Commission of Utena district declared a state of emergency due to African swine fever (ASF) in Tauragnai and Saldutiškis at the local level.
State of emergency declared in Utena district
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Three- and 10-kilometre protection and surveillance zones were established around the site of the second ASF outbreak. All pig farmers within the radius of three kilometres were recorded. Blood samples of their animals were brought to laboratory on Thursday. The samples of pigs from the surveillance zone will be tested on Friday.

"After receiving negative results, farmers in the protection zone will slaughter their pigs and use for their purposes, of course, without taking them outside the boundaries of the protection zone. Farmers in the surveillance zone will naturally be encouraged to do not raise pigs to avoid losses in the event of the disease," said Tiskus.

On Friday, the state of emergency in Utena district should be declared at the national level.

At present, the state of emergency has been declared in Ignalina, Trakai, Varėna, Druskininkai, Lazdijai, Šalčininkai and Alytus districts.

As reported, one more case of ASF was detected in a private farm in Utena district Skloblų village on Wednesday.

In early 2014, the virus was found in dead boars. On 24 July the disease erupted in a pig farm managed by Danish capital company Idavang in Ignalina district. 19,000 pigs in this farm had to be culled.

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