African swine fever: disease spreading slowly in EU

04 February 2020

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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its annual update on the presence of African swine fever (ASF) in the EU, covering the period November 2018 to October 2019. Nine countries in the EU are currently affected by ASF.

The report shows that all phases of the epidemic are now represented in the EU, meaning: 

  • areas recently affected following either an isolated introduction or geographic expansion from affected areas 
  • affected areas that are expanding 
  • areas where ASF infection has been present for some time, including areas where ASF seems to be fading out 
  • non-affected areas

The situation varies substantially between member states due to multiple influences, including the structure of domestic pig production, geographical conditions and the characteristics of the wild boar population.

Source: EFSA, 30 January 2020