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ASF confirmed on farm with 8,000 pigs in Poland

6th Jun 2019 / By Alistair Driver

African swine fever has been confirmed on a Polish farm with more than 8,000 pigs, located in Bielsk Podlaskie near the border with Belarus.

According to the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE, 61 animals were directly affected and a further 7,951 were slaughtered. The incident, confirmed using real time PCR, was reported to the OIE on Monday, June 3. Various control measures have been put in place. 

While ASF has been spreading across the country through wild boars, this outbreak is reported to be only the third this year in domestic pig populations and by far the largest. Since October 2018, there have been more than 1,400 cases of ASF reported in wild boar populations.