REUTERS Veterinary experts have reported a new case of African swine fever (ASF) in Ukraine recorded in Rivne region. According to the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service&#39;s press office, pigs from a private farm in the village of Mizoch of Rivne region were infected and died. Measures to contain and prevent the spread of the ASF pathogen are being taken. Read alsoPig livestock in Ukraine to shrink to historic minimum – analyst As UNIAN reported, Head of the State Food Safety and Consumer Protection Service Volodymyr Lapa said earlier that if the current trend of the ASF spread continued, Ukraine would lose over 1.2 million pigs, or UAH 4 billion, by 2020, while indirect losses would increase by an amount estimated between UAH 5 billion and UAH 7.5 billion. The total number of outbreaks in 2017 amounted to over 150 cases. UNIAN memo. African swine fever (Montgomery disease) is a contagious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs. The disease bears no threat to humans. The virus is transmitted by direct contact between sick and healthy animals, through pork products, and also transmitted by ticks and mechanically (by vehicles during transportation of people and animals). There are no vaccines against the virus. Almost all infected pigs die. The virus is destroyed by heating to extremely high temperatures.