African Swine Flu in Ukraine: Or Maybe American?

Translated by Ollie Richardson 


You just need to type into Google “African swine flu”, and we get dozens of news on outbreaks of this infection in different regions of Ukraine. There is lots of news, but each report speaks about only one or two outbreaks, while at this time no one even tries to systematize this information.

So, from the beginning of year, Ukraine registered more than twenty outbreaks of ASF in Khmelnytsky, Vinnytsia, Mykolaiv, Odessa, Sumy, Kharkov, Volyn, Chernihov, Rivne, Zhytomyr and Kiev regions. That is nearly the entire territory of Ukraine.

In some cases it is necessary to dispose of 50,000-70,000 pigs, which inflicts a significant blow to agriculture and leads to a rapid decline in the total number of pigs in Ukraine (especially in the last two years). By law, farmers in such cases are entitled to compensation, but they can’t hope that the current regime will allocate at least one kopeck for them.

Both food security and economic situation in general are subjected to additional risks.

The decision to ban the import of pork from Ukraine due to an epidemic of African swine flu was adopted by Russia, Belarus, Armenia and, just a few days ago, Moldova.

In Moldova, by the way, the Prime Minister Pavel Filip took personal control measures to prevent the spread of the African flu in the country. While in Ukraine they prefer to pretend that nothing is happening.

Actually, I don’t understand why this flu is called “African”. Because its first outbreak in the world was recorded in Georgia, just shortly after the opening of the US Biolab for “fighting against bioterrorism”.

And in Ukraine, respectively, ASF appeared only after the opening of similar laboratories, firstly in Odessa and then in Kharkov. As the popular TV presenter Kiselev says, “Coincidence? I don’t think so!”

Maybe it’s better to call this epidemic “American swine flu”?

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