EFSA identifies African Swine Fever risk
By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews
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.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) carried out an assessment of countries in south-east Europe on the probability of ASF being found. The report estimates that the countries, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Slovenia, have a very high chance (66-100%) of the disease spreading to all these countries within a year of one country having a confirmed case. A ninth country, Serbia, was also part of the evaluation by EFSA however during the research period (July 2019), a case of ASF was confirmed in the region.
The report also stated that the chances of the disease spreading west into other EU Member States within the same time frame are rated was very low (0-15%) however ESFA still stressed the importance of adhering to control measures.
It said “control measures – which have been in place in the EU since 2014 – should continue to focus on the importance of early detection and preparedness”.
In particular, EFSA recommends: