Risk of ASF has increased to high, says EFSA

By Georgi Gyton

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: African swine fever, European union, Russia, Livestock, Pork

The endemic risk of African swine fever (ASF) in a number of countries surrounding the EU has increased from moderate to high, over the past four years, according to a new report by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Following a request from the European Commission, ESFA’s Panel on Animal Health and Welfare was tasked with delivering a scientific opinion on ASF and to provide an update on the significance of the occurrence and risk of endemicity of ASF in neighbouring EU countries.

It found that the risk that ASF was endemic had increased to a high rating in Georgia, Armenia and the Russian Federation since 2010, when the EFSA carried out its last risk assessment.

EFSA added that the risk that the virus spreads further into unaffected areas from these countries through contaminated meat, animals or vehicles remained high.

It said the recent reported outbreaks in Ukraine and Belarus had all been rapidly controlled, but there was a risk of re-introduction of the virus from the Russian Federation, due to transboundary movements of people, pork or infected wild boar, and that there were only a limited number of ongoing activities that would allow early detection of new cases in Ukraine and Belarus.

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