Greece has detected ASF in wild boar

Hygiene & Biosecurity

African swine fever (ASF) has reappeared in Greece for the first time since 2020.

Posted on Jan 24 ,00:16

Greece has detected ASF in wild boar

Greece has detected African swine fever this week in a wild boar in the north of the country, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).
The disease, harmless to humans but highly contagious among pigs, was found in a dead wild boar in a forest in the Serres region, which borders Bulgaria and North Macedonia, WOAH said, citing a report from the Greek authorities.

According to press reports, the Ministry of Agriculture in Athens has initiated biosecurity measures, including the establishment of restriction zones and restrictions on the movement of pigs in the region. It is reasonable to assume that the animal disease was introduced via neighboring countries.

African swine fever is often deadly for pigs and has disrupted pork production and trade in recent years after outbreaks among farm herds in Asia and Europe.

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