African swine fever: campaign extended to new countries

 

European Food Safety Authority

15 July 2021

 

EFSA is stepping up its efforts to halt the spread of African swine fever in Europe by expanding its campaign to a further nine countries.

 

Last summer, EFSA launched a major campaign to raise awareness of the disease in south-east Europe. The campaign was carried out in partnership with local authorities in countries comprising a “region of concern” — Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia — due to their proximity to countries where ASF is present.

 

EFSA is now extending the campaign – aimed primarily at farmers – to Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia, Estonia, Hungary and Romania.

 

Nikolaus Kriz, Head of EFSA’s Animal and Plant Health Unit, said: “As a scientific organisation we are working tirelessly to produce assessments and make recommendations that can help countries threatened by African swine fever to  protect their animals and their economies.

 

“Last year we decided to take our science out into the field and show that EFSA is committed to helping farmers and others who are living in the shadow of this terrible disease. The campaign was well received in the first wave of countries and now we are going further afield with our message to detect, prevent and report.”

 

The campaign complements the ongoing efforts of the European Commission and other international organisations aimed at eradicating the disease in Europe.

 

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