After more than a week of speculation, the official confirmation arrived yesterday: African Swine Fever virus (ASFv) has also reached Serbia late July.
In total 4 outbreaks were reported yesterday to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE); they were found in relatively small farms in the district around the capital Belgrade and the adjoining Podunavlje district. All outbreaks were found in a relatively small patch, close to each other. In total 7 animals were found infected, and another 114 animals had to be culled.
Chronologically, the following outbreaks were reported:
Suspicions about the news already circulated for a while in the local media.
Media in Bosnia report about a potential outbreak of #ASF in Serbia , near Mladenovac, south of Belgrade. So far, no confirmation has been given. If confirmed, it would be the 1st time African #Swine Fever is found in Serbia. #fingerscrossed ⏩ https://t.co/9qS1IMQ6Vt
— Vincent ter Beek (@vincenttb) August 3, 2019
The virus is lately flaring up in many countries in Eastern Europe. Last week, reports came through of in total 130,000 pigs having to be culled in Bulgaria. In addition, recently, the virus also was confirmed in Slovakia.
All in all, it means that since the introduction of ASF in 2007 in the Caucasian area, now 16 European countries have had to face the virus in its wild boar or domestic pig herd population – or both.