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Russia Reports Swine Fever

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Russia s animal and plant health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said last Monday it had registered three new outbreaks of African swine fever. In all three cases the outbreaks of the disease, lethal to pigs, but harmless to humans, took place at small backyard farms, the watchdog said. It said medium and large Russian pig breeding farms are well protected against ASF, which has no cure, and other diseases. It is mainly small farms that are affected by the contagious virus, which is spread partly by wild boars.

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