EFSA urges combined approach on African swine fever

By Chloe Ryan

- Last updated on GMT

The EFSA hopes to tackle African Swine Fever through the introduction of management measures
The EFSA hopes to tackle African Swine Fever through the introduction of management measures

Related tags: Wild boar, Pig, Livestock, Pork

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended a combination of different management measures to contain the spread of African swine fever (ASF) among wild boar populations in Eastern Europe.

EFSA has assessed the recent outbreak of ASF in Eastern Europe on the request of the European Commission and is now providing scientific advice on its spread and containment.

Since 2014, outbreaks of the disease have been confirmed in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

ASF is a viral disease that is harmless to humans but deadly to domestic pigs and wild boar. Neither vaccines nor cures are currently available.

Pig farms

Most outbreaks in domestic pig farms occurred in backyard farms and have been contained relatively quickly. The disease is still spreading locally among wild boar populations, however, where containment is more difficult.

According to EFSA, various individual measures applied in isolation are largely ineffective, taking hold only after several years. EFSA has now issued new advice, recommending the use of several measures including targeted hunting, removal of carcases in the wild and a strict feeding ban on wild boar. “Combined, these would result in a reduced reproduction of wild boar and lead to a containment of the disease,”​ EFSA said in a statement.

Related topics: Meat

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