Outlook 2018/3

Friday, September 21, 2018

 

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African swine fever: EFSA assesses measures to prevent spread


EFSA has identified strategies for managing wild boar at different stages of an epidemic of African swine fever (ASF): what should be done before, during and after. Wild boar are known to play an important role in the spread of the disease.

In a scientific opinion published today, EFSA experts investigate the density of the wild boar population in Europe, and assess measures to reduce it and keep infected wild boar away from uninfected ones. They also identify ways to detect the disease early.

Measures such as intensive hunting and not feeding wild boar should be implemented to reduce the risks of outbreaks. When an epidemic is ongoing, activities that may increase the movement of wild boar should be avoided (e.g. intensive drive hunts).

Experts could not establish a threshold for wild boar density below which the virus would not take hold – ASF has spread in areas where the presence of wild boar is low.

The opinion highlights the importance of a regular dialogue between all involved stakeholders to increase preparedness.

 

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