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African swine fever on the rise in eastern Europe

23rd Apr 2018 / By Alistair Driver

The number of cases of African swine fever in Eastern Europe has increased significantly in the first few months of 2018. 

The European Commission's latest update through its animal diseases notification system (ADNS) shows there were 2,259 cases recorded in wild boar between January 1 and April 15. This is more than half of the total cases notified in all of 2017, according to the Pig Progress website.

The figures, which highlight the scale of the problem in Poland and Lithuania in particular, are summarised by country below: 

Country Date of the last outbreak Outbreaks
Czech Republic April 11th, 2018 25
Estonia April 9th, 2018 150
Italy January 30th, 2018 24
Latvia April 12th, 2018 286
Lithuania April 12th, 2018 728
Poland April 13th, 2018 1020
Ukraine April 8th, 2018 26

A further 31 cases of domestic pig infections were recorded in the period, as shown in the following table:

Country Date of the last outbreak Outbreaks
Italy February 12th, 2018 2
Poland February 23rd, 2018 4
Romania February 23rd, 2018 3
Ukraine April 6th, 2018 22

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