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Georgia tries to infect Russia2012-04-10 12:44
Yesterday, Russian authorities accused Georgia of deliberately spreading African swine fever in southern Russia. Gennady Onishchenko, the head of the Rospotrebnadzor, which is responsible for the protection of Russian customers, ensured that the causative agent of the disease had been brought into the country from Georgia. "First, of course, into Ossetia, and then to the regions of Krasnodar and Stavropol", Onishchenko said.
As reported by the IA REX, the head of the Rospotrebnadzor, Gennady Onishchenko believed the causative agent of the African swine fever had been brought into the country from Georgia.
Cases of the disease have been registered for last three years in the Krasnodar region, located near the Black Sea, the marine gateway of Russia. It started after first animal with the virus appeared in Russia in 2007. Despite the fact that cases with the African swine were mainly recorded in southern regions, some strains have appeared in the north-west Russia.
June last year, Russia's chief sanitary doctor told about a certain anti-plague laboratory, Georgia inherited as a legacy of the Soviet Union. According to the VZGLIAD, at a press conference, held on Monday, he expressed his concern about this issue again.
"Now we are concerned why the U.S. military laboratories, located in Georgia, are deployed on the basis of our former medicine facilities", the chief sanitary doctor of Russia Gennady Onishchenko said.
He noted that one of the stations is headed by the former head of secret service of Georgia. "In particular, the the U.S. epidemiologists are working at the military laboratory on the basis of the former anti-plague station, which had been watching a particularly dangerous infections, as well as headed by the former head of secret service of Georgia".
African swine fever was first recorded in 1903 in South Africa. Under natural conditions, domestic and wild pigs are susceptible to the disease. Infection occurs through contact between healthy and sick animals. The disease poses no threat to human health, but is extremely dangerous for the animals, since there is no cure or a vaccine. Only rigid quarantine measures can stop the spread of the virus.
Recall, previously, the ban on the import of Georgian wine and mineral water "Borjomi" to Russia was introduced in the spring of 2006 after the sharpening of Georgian-Russian relations. The official reason for the ban has been called the poor quality of Georgian products. Since then, Georgian wine and mineral water manufacturers are repeatedly trying to return to the issue of the resumption of supplies, but have not found political support of the leadership of the country in this matter.
Earlier, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko expressed doubt that the Georgian wine would return to the Russian market in February this year.
However, March this year, the head of the Rospotrebnadzor Gennady Onishchenko stated that Georgian mineral water "Borjomi" could soon return to the Russian market.