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2. 8. 2017

Several European countries affected by African swine fever

Ljubljana, 2 August 2017 – Several European countries have witnessed outbreaks of a very infectious disease of pigs – African swine fever (ASF). In addition to the EU countries (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Poland) where this disease had already emerged in recent years, ASF has recently also reached the Czech Republic and Romania.

The disease affects both pigs and wild boars; it does not pose a risk to human health. The characteristics of the disease are, in particular, its rapid spread among animals and high mortality, thus causing significant economic damage. There is currently no vaccine against or treatment for ASF.

 

Consequently, the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection has produced a leaflet for pig producers containing information on measures for preventing the introduction and spread of the disease. 

 

We call on all pig producers and other farmers who come into contact with pigs and wild boars to strictly follow the guidelines and recommendations of the Administration in order to reduce the risk of the introduction and outbreak of ASF in Slovenia.  

 

For more information, visit www.uvhvvr.gov.si/  and multilingual poster on the disease.