ASF Italy: Number of wild boar victims rises to 7

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A dead young wild boar that succumbed to ASF a few years ago in the Czech Republic. Photo: Petr Satran, Czech State Veterinary Authority
A dead young wild boar that succumbed to ASF a few years ago in the Czech Republic. Photo: Petr Satran, Czech State Veterinary Authority

The outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boar in northern Italy is definitely not just one singular case. After the initial finding last weekend, in the course of this week another 6 infected carcasses were discovered.

The cases have now been found in 4 municipalities in Alessandria province, Piedmont region. All 4 provinces are located south of the city Alessandria.

  • Ovada (2)
  • Val Lemme (1)
  • Tagliolo Monferrato (1)
  • Voltaggio (3)

In the map below, in Italy, the markers indicate the locations of these municipalities.

 

According to the Italian newspaper, La Stampa, the ministry of health extended the area where hunting is prohibited from now on. That area now includes 78 municipalities in Piedmont and 36 in the neighbouring Liguria region.

It is currently not yet clear whether the outbreaks were caused by genotype I or II, and there is also much uncertainty about the route of infection.

ter Beek
Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world
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