Azerbaijan Takes All Measures to Prevent Spread of African Plague: Minister
Azerbaijan, Baku, 5 February /corr. Trend S.Babayeva / The appearance of the African plague in Azerbaijan's district of Gabala is under strong control, said Azerbaijan's Minister of Agriculture, Ismat Abbasov.
"I think that the virus will not spread due to the measures being taken," the Minister said.
The State Veterinanry Service of Azerbaijan announced quarantine in Nij village (Gabala) on 28 January after discovering African plague among pigs. It is the first evidence of the African plague in the territory of Azerbaijan.
According to the Minister, all the best steps are being taken to prevent the virus.
In 2007 the virus was discovered in Georgia and Armenia. The ban still remains in force for the import of pigs from Georgia due to outbreak of the African plague in that country. Due to Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Azerbaijan does not have any economic relations with Armenia.
More than 190 pigs have been sterilized in Nij village. Generally 4,600 pigs are being kept in the village. Such farms also exist in Azerbaijan's district of Zakatala, Sheki, Balaken, Ganja and around Baku.