Oleg Kozhemyako, Governor of Primorsky region, said that more than 100 thousand pigs died in the region as a result of last year’s outbreak of foot and mouth disease.
"A very big problem for the industry was an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, which began in late 2018. More than 100 thousand pigs died, industrial pig breeding almost disappeared," said Kozhemyako at a meeting of the Primorye Legislative Assembly. He added that the authorities of the region provided assistance only to owners of private farms affected by foot and mouth disease.
Foot and mouth disease caused significant damage to the region, he added and said that it has not yet been established where the virus was brought from.
Foot and mouth disease in Primorye was detected last winter at three pig farms. A complex of quarantine measures was conducted, during which more than 100 thousand animals were vaccinated. To prevent disease outbreaks, vaccine-susceptible animals will now be vaccinated annually.