Russia orders 24-hour ban on exports of food to combat tick-borne disease

This article is over 6 months old Food authorities identify the super-cooled foodstuff as a source of disease and warn of ‘round-the-clock’ inspections Russia has imposed a 24-hour-a-day ban on the export of chilled…

Russia orders 24-hour ban on exports of food to combat tick-borne disease

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Food authorities identify the super-cooled foodstuff as a source of disease and warn of ‘round-the-clock’ inspections

Russia has imposed a 24-hour-a-day ban on the export of chilled or frozen food from 20 Russian regions, as a preventive measure against a tick-borne disease found in Russia.

A study published last week revealed that testing of 169 dogs showed no evidence that they had been infected with the disease, an indication that the main transmission route is contaminated cattle feed. The diagnosis revealed the tick, which transmits the disease to people by biting them.

The virus makes no known cure or therapeutic effect, but has been described as “mild” in comparison with Zika, which is associated with serious birth defects.

Russia has recently registered five cases of the disease, with the prevalence in the affected regions indicating that the virus could be spreading.

Russia’s food safety watchdog said the ban would be in place until 20 July, and would be extended to all frozen food from 10 Russian regions in the future.

In June, the group confirmed that contaminated pork and meat from 22 western countries supplied meat of the same species to Russian market as well as produce from the same supplier.

As such, the virus had the potential to spread through the meat supply chain.

The ban highlights the tightrope authorities have to walk, trying to protect Russians while preventing the spread of a highly contagious disease among their people.

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