After an absence of more than 3 years, African Swine Fever (ASF) has re-emerged in the Czech Republic. The outbreak was found in a carcass of a wild boar near the town Liberec.
According to geographical data supplied by the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH), the outbreak was found near Nove Mesto, in Liberec region, in the north of the country. That is a less than 3km from the border with Poland. In Poland, outbreaks of ASF have been abundant in recent years.
The Czech Republic is 1 of 2 countries in recent years that have successfully managed to eradicate African Swine Fever virus in its own wild boar population. An earlier set of infections took place around the city of Zlín in the south of the country. At that time, however, it was a one-off infection and by controlling the core zone, the outbreak could be controlled. In February 2019, Czech Republic was declared free from ASF officially.
This outbreak appears related to disease pressure at the other side of the country, pretty similar to the situation Germany is facing.