African Swine Fever

BfR has stressed the African Swine Fever virus cannot be transferred to humans. Pic: GettyImages/Teamjackson

Can eating pork from ASF-infected pigs make you sick?

By Flora Southey

How is African Swine Fever transmitted? And can eating foods from infected animals make you sick? BfR has answered a selection of FAQs following the first confirmed case of African Swine Fever in Germany.

Belgium to reduce ASF-infected zone

Belgium to reduce ASF-infected zone

By Aidan Fortune

Almost a year after the last confirmed evidence of African Swine Fever (ASF) in the country, Belgium is considering reducing the infected zone.

Progress made on ASF genome mapping

Progress made on ASF genome mapping

By Aidan Fortune

Scientists from The Pirbright Institute in the UK have worked with University College London (UCL) to map the expression of genes across the entire African Swine Fever (ASF) virus genome.

 The chances of ASF spreading among the nine European countries within one year of introduction are very high. Photo:iStock/Getty Images Plus.Credit: Stefan Dinse.

African Swine Fever is spreading in the EU says EFSA

By Jenny Eagle

African Swine Fever (ASF) is a devastating disease occurring for the first time in certain eastern areas of the European Union (EU), according to EFSA (European Food Safety Authority).

African Swine Fever confirmed in Indonesia

African Swine Fever confirmed in Indonesia

By Aidan Fortune

African Swine Fever (ASF) continues to cut a path through Asia, with Indonesia the latest country in the region to have a confirmed case of the disease.

African Swine Fever risks identified by EFSA

EFSA identifies African Swine Fever risk

By Aidan Fortune

A report into the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Europe has identified the countries most at risk from the disease hitting its borders.

African Swine Fever marches on

African Swine Fever marches on

By Aidan Fortune

African Swine Fever (ASF) is expected to result in the deaths of a quarter of the pigs globally and there may be nothing we can do about it.

Government expects ASF to hit the UK within a year

Government expects ASF to hit the UK within a year

By Aidan Fortune

The UK pig industry has called for more action to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the country, following an admission by government that it expects an outbreak within the next 12 months.

Irish farmers call for ASF import ban

Irish farmers call for ASF import ban

By Aidan Fortune

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) has urged the government to place an immediate band on any pork imports from countries affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) in the commercial herd.

Pork prices are expected to rise in Bulgaria following a confirmed incident of African Swine Fever

Bulgarian pig industry turmoil after ASF outbreak

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

The price per kilogram of pork in Bulgaria could jump by as much as 50% as the country is poised to cull 20% of pigs as the results of the epidemic of African Swine Fever (ASF), according to Bulgaria’s Association of Meat Processors.

Food seized by DAERA officials at Northern Irish airports

ASF-contaminated meat seized in Northern Ireland

By Aidan Fortune

The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has reiterated warnings about the risks of African Swine Fever (ASF) following the seizure of pork containing DNA fragments of the disease.

Countries at risk of ASF outbreaks, like Germany and Finland, have bolstered their preparedness for the disease

EU countries take measures against African swine fever

By Diana Yordanova

Cases of African swine fever (ASF) are still very common in Russia, despite the country’s continued ban on EU pork exports to the market, imposed since January 2014 following a handful of cases in Poland and Lithuania.

Russian meat producers say they will back the government's opposition to the EU

Russia to fight EU retaliatory duty bid over pigmeat ban

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall

The Russian government will fight an application by the European Union (EU) at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for permission to impose retaliatory trade sanctions worth €1.39 billion over Moscow’s ban on EU pork and pigs.

Russia is to appeal against the WTO ruling on its pork exports

Russia may appeal WTO ruling on EU pig and pork exports

By Eugene Vorotnikov, in Voronezh, Russia; and Keith Nuthall

By the end of this month (September) the Russian government will appeal the recent ruling of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) opposing Russia’s swine fever-related ban on European Union (EU) exports of pigs, pigmeat and related products, according to...

The pig farmer has lost his entire pork livestock to African swine fever, according to the OIE

Ukraine hit with African swine fever

By Oscar Rousseau

A farm in the Kirovograd region of Ukraine has had to slaughter more than a dozen pigs after the African swine fever (ASF) disease was detected by health officials this week. 

Quarantine and pig culling as a result of the outbreak will hit Ukrainian companies hard

Largest African swine fever outbreak to hit Ukraine

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia is considering banning pork and pork product imports from Ukraine following a large-scale outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Kiev Oblast, according to the press secretary of Russian veterinary watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor. 

An outbreak was discovered at the Orelselprom pork complex

Cherkizovo suffers ASF outbreak

By Georgi Gyton

African swine fever (ASF) has been discovered at two of Cherkizovo’s pig fattening facilities in Russia.

The taskforce is looking to develop a 'solid common plan' to help eradicate ASF

Baltics and Poland unite to battle African swine fever

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki and Monika Hanley in Riga

Four Baltic rim states have reached an agreement on a programme of joint measures to combat the outbreak of the fatal African swine fever virus (ASF) in the region.

World Trade win for EU against Russia on pork

EU secures WTO panel against Russia pigmeat ban

By Keith Nuthall

The European Union (EU) has today (23 July) forced the creation of a disputes panel at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which will examine the legality under world trade law of Russia’s ban on imports of EU live pigs, pork and other pig products.

Denmark may side-step EU to strengthen Russian links

Denmark may pursue bilateral solution with Russia

By Gerard O’Dwyer, in Helsinki

The Danish government is considering breaking ranks with the European Union (EU) and striking a bilateral trade deal with Russia to protect its pork exports. These have been hit while Russia blocks EU pigmeat exports over a handful of African swine fever...

Fears over ASF at the plant were unfounded

Danish African swine fever alert over

By Oli Haenlein

Restrictions have been lifted at a Danish Crown slaughterhouse after it was temporarily closed, due to an African Swine Fever (ASF) scare.

Lithuania calls for EU funding in fight against African Swine Fever

Lithuania hopes ASF combat will be financed by Brussels

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Lithuania is planning to send a request to Brussels to allocate about €20m towards the fight against African swine fever (ASF), according to a report from the country’s State Food and Veterinary Service.

EU cuts animal disease budget by €39m

EU cuts animal disease budget

By Keith Nuthall

The European Union (EU) has cut its budget for fighting animal diseases from €199m this year (2013) to just over €160m for 2014. While the European Commission has not explained the reduction, it comes as the EU embarks on a new medium-term budget cycle...

ASF is most prevelant on small pig farms

Russia culls 70,000 pigs in ASF backlash

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russian authorities are conducting an unprecedented cull of 70,000 pigs in the Belgorod Oblast region in a bid to halt the spread of African swine fever (ASF) and protect large pig farms from infection.

ASF could spread to the EU, officials have claimed

ASF threatens EU pig industry

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

African swine fever (ASF), which is continuing to spread across the territory of Russia and Belarus, may soon appear in the Baltic States, local veterinary services have predicted.

CIS ramps up fight against African Swine Fever

CIS ramps up fight against African Swine Fever

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Former Soviet countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are taking desperate measures to tackle African Swine Fever (ASF), which is causing devastation to pig herds in the region.

African swine fever likely to spread, warns FAO

African swine fever likely to spread, warns FAO

By Carina Perkins and Vladislav Vorotnikov

Experts have warned that that African swine fever is now posing a “high risk” to the countries neighbouring Ukraine, which recently discovered its first-ever outbreak of the disease.


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