ASF Identified in Wild Boar In Sweden

Farmscape for September 25, 2023

The identification of African Swine Fever infected dead wild boar in Sweden highlights the Swine Health Information Center's September eNewsletter.
As part of its September eNewsletter the Swine Health Information Center has released its monthly global and domestic swine health monitoring reports.
SHIC Associate Director Dr. Megan Niederwerder says this month's global report had a few significant highlights.

Quote-Dr. Megan Niederwerder-Swine Health Information Center:
ASF was reported in Sweden for the first time in the country's history.
This was detected in dead wild boar.
Initially the numbers were seven dead wild boar.
That number has now been increased and confirmed to 13 dead wild boar in the country.
Those were identified and then ASF was detected in those infected carcasses.
In the reporting of this first detection of ASF in Sweden, the comments were made that this was likely associated with either human movement such as the transition of the virus on shoes or clothing or potentially contaminated pork products as it is such a long distance spread from other European countries that are currently struggling with ASF outbreaks.
The other outbreak that was highlighted on the recent report was that there was a new ASF outbreak in Lombardi, Italy.
This is the first detection in a pig farm in this area.
The reason that this is significant for Italy is that this area is very key for swine production in the northern part of the country.

Dr. Niederwerder says SHIC will continue to monitor the ASF situation and will provide updates through its monthly eNewsletter regarding outbreaks as well as ASF preparedness and readiness in countries that don't currently have the virus and want to maintain a negative status.
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Bruce Cochrane.

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