07TBILISI1364, GEORGIA: JUNE 7 UPDATE ON AFRICAN SWINE FEVER

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07TBILISI1364 2007-06-07 14:34 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Tbilisi

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C O N F I D E N T I A L TBILISI 001364 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/CARC, OES/S AND EB.TPP/ABT 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 06/07/2017 
TAGS: EAGR SENV PGOV TBIO GG
SUBJECT: GEORGIA: JUNE 7 UPDATE ON AFRICAN SWINE FEVER 
OUTBREAK 
 
REF: TBILISI 1329 
 
Classified By: Ambassador John F. Tefft, reason 1.4(b) and (d) 
 
1.  (C) The Georgian government has begun to mobilize its 
forces to deal with the outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) 
reported reftel.  Prime Minister Noghaideli discussed the 
situation with the Cabinet on June 6 and ordered that 
appropriate measures be taken.  The same day the government 
notified the International Office of Epizootics (OIE), which 
has issued a worldwide alert message.  The GOG's report to 
the OIE indicates the presence of the disease in all parts of 
the country, but Western Georgia, near the Black Sea coast is 
believed to be most affected.  Twenty thousand susceptible 
pigs have been destroyed, and others have certainly died of 
the virus.  The Georgian Ministry of Agriculture lab 
speculates that the disease originated in animal waste from a 
ship that docked in Poti.  Lacking any facilities to 
incinerate the waste, it was improperly disposed of.  The GOG 
reported to the OIE that it is controlling movement of swine 
within the country, disinfecting premises, dipping and 
spraying pigs, quarantining infected animals, and culling 
herds.  The government announced publicly that it is 
informing the population of the problem, isolating pigs, 
killing stray pigs on sight and digging holes to dispose of 
the carcasses.  Special quarantine zones have been 
established in Kakheti where the sale of pork is banned. 
Surveillance of Tbilisi markets is being stepped up. 
 
2.  (C) When we contacted him today, Deputy Minister of 
Agriculture Bakur Kvezereli was in Kakheti accompanying a 
Canadian expert provided by the World Bank to see what more 
can be done.  The head of Embassy Tbilisi's Defense Threat 
Reduction Office (DTRO) is meeting with Minister of 
Agriculture Petre Tsiskarishvili on the evening of June 7, 
the day Tsiskarishvili returned from Europe, to inform him 
about what DTRO can offer.  Tsiskarishvili has spent the day 
touring affected areas of the country.  DTRO is hosting a 
team of U.S. veterinary experts that will arrive in Georgia 
on the evening of June 8.  The experts are bringing reagents 
needed to conduct field testing of animals.  They will 
conduct training on June 9 for employees of the Ministry of 
Agriculture laboratory.  Their expertise, equipment and 
supplies  will give the Ministry of Agriculture the ability 
to test for the disease, which it lacks now.  DTRO wants to 
provide the Ministry with a "stun gun" that can be used to 
kill pigs in a painless and bloodless way required to prevent 
the spread of infection. 
TEFFT

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