African swine fever outbreak in Romania

African swine fever outbreak in Romania

The World Organisation for Animal Health said that the source for this infection still unknown, but an investigation has been set up to identify how the disease entered the country for the first time. It is believed the disease was identified on 27 July and Romanian government veterinarian officials offer informations to OIE four days later. Some pig died and some were culled after a backyard farm in Satu Mare, Romania, was reported by the case of ASF in Romania. The farm is close to the borders of Hungary and Ukraine, the latter of which has been hit with multiple ASF outbreaks this year. Veterinarian officials set a protection zone around the farm and other pig farms in this area are to be monitored.

Romania’s National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) had warned earlier this year that ASF could reach the country. It said the main problems were that it could not block all illegal traffic entering the country. It said the large number of border check points between ASF-hit countries was a problem too: it shares seven with Moldova and five with Ukraine. ANSVSA added there was weak cooperation with Moldova and Ukraine in terms of cracking down on the wild boars that can spread ASF.