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Slovakia: 10th EU country to report African Swine Fever

Slovakia is the 10th EU country in recent years to report African Swine Fever within its borders.

The country formally reported its first outbreak on Thursday, July 25 to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus was found on a backyard farm with 4 pigs in Košice province, in the east of the country, close to the border with both Hungary and Ukraine, where both ASF was already confirmed in earlier years.

ASF in the European Union

Ever since ASF has entered Eastern Europe in 2007, the virus has been able to find a way into Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Hungary and Belgium. Only the Czech Republic managed to keep the outbreaks under control and this country was declared free of ASF again earlier this year.

A pig that is affected by ASF - one of the characteristics is the occurrence of petechias. This picture was not made on the farm in Slovakia. Photo: Lina Mur, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
A pig that is affected by ASF - one of the characteristics is the occurrence of petechias. This picture was not made on the farm in Slovakia. Photo: Lina Mur, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

Belgium appears to be well on the way to also successfully eradicate the virus from its wild boar population. This week, however, 2 new ASF findings in the country’s wild boar population were found.

The situation in Romania and Bulgaria, on the other hand, appear less optimistic with the summer months bringing new waves of outbreaks, affecting larger farms as well. Also in Poland, this week 8 new outbreaks on farms were reported, including a larger one of over 3,300 pigs, discovered on July 14.

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  • bertrand carlier

    merci,
    Le commissaire européen chargé de la santé et de la sécurité alimentaire, Vytenis Andriukaitis, a exprimé sa grande déception face aux autorités bulgares concernant leurs actions en matière de peste porcine africaine, a rapporté la radio nationale bulgare le 25 juillet.

    The European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis has expressed great disappointment with the Bulgarian authorities regarding their actions in relation to African Swine Fever, Bulgarian National Radio reported on July 25.
    https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/07/25/af...a-rises-to-21/

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