Mon, 09 Jul 2018
The Animal Plant and Health Agency has provided their most recent update on the movement of African swine fever through Europe
The number of reported incidences of ASF in domestic swine and wild boar since 2018. APHA is continuously updating their epidemiological map of African swine fever. Map: ©APHA
Since the last APHA update in April, more outbreaks of African swine fever have been reported in Eastern Europe and Western Eurasia, with the last cases reported in Hungary, Ukraine and Romania.
It is believed that the most recent cases of ASF reported in Hungary and Romania, countries bordering Ukraine, are primarily a result of wild boar movement. Movement of the disease is also thought to be caused by hunters moving between wild boar populations, and pig farm workers moving between facilities and across borders without abiding by proper biosecurity measures.
To date, the disease has been contained within Eastern Europe but is moving ever closer to Western Europe where much larger, commercial pig herds are raised. The implications of ASF entering domestic swine herds to the West could be catastrophic, therefore DEFRA, APHA and other government-backed disease-monitoring initiatives are publicly campaigning to raise awareness of how the disease is spreading.
Citizens and farm workers are being urged to dispose of any food waste responsibly and away from areas where wild boar are known to reside. Anyone travelling across borders from areas with known cases of ASF are also encouraged not to bring any food produce or potentially contaminated equipment into 'uninfected areas'.
The feeding of swill, kitchen scraps and catering waste to domestic pigs, feral pigs and wild boar is is illegal in the UK and is being discouraged through public campaigns across Europe.
To read the full ASF update produced by APHA, click here
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