ASF arrives in Estonia's Tartu County, 1,200 pigs to be killed

Estonia's Veterinary and Food Board discovered African swine fever (ASF) on a pig farm in Tartu County during a routine check and as a result 1,200 pigs are to be killed.

This is the first incident of domestic pigs infected with ASF in Tartu County. The virus was found in five animals and as a result the farm will be under quarantine. The farm's 1,186 pigs will be killed and the building will be disinfected afterward, spokespeople for the veterinary watchdog and the Ministry of Agriculture said.

The veterinary authority took the samples from the farm during a routine check. The farm is owned by OU Heko Pold.

If the animal keeper has followed all the necessary rules and regulations, the value of the animals killed or dead due to the disease will be compensated to the owner.

The first incidents of domestic pigs infected with ASF occurred last week on two farms in Viljandi County and in one household in Valga County. The official diagnosis was confirmed on July 20 and more than 500 pigs were killed.

African swine fever does not pose a threat to other animal species or humans but can be deadly for domestic and wild swine and cause massive losses to the pig farming sector.