The State Veterinary and Bio-Security Service of Ukraine has increased its checks on the Ukrainian border with Russia after reports of African swine fever in Kursk region.

The recent cases were registered roughly 85 kilometers from the Ukrainian border, and urgent measures have been taken in Kharkiv, Sumy, Chernihiv and Crimea in particular. "Imports of pork from Russia are undergoing special checks," said a report citing Ivan Bisiuk, head of the State Veterinary and Bio-Security Service. "The required equipment for testing for swine fever is being supplied to all regional state veterinary laboratories."

Bisiuk also said that veterinary and sanitary inspectorates on the borders have started withdrawing meat from citizens arriving in Ukraine. Supervision over the issuing of veterinary documents for animals and products of animal origin for traveling across Ukraine has been reinforced.

Since the start of 2011, 44 cases of African swine fever have been registered in Russia.