July 10, 2017
The Czech Republic has reported the very first occurrence of African swine fever in the country, which was confirmed in wild boar.
According to the US Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), the Czech State Veterinary Administration (SVA late last month confirmed the pig disease in two dead wild boars found close to the city of Zlin. Zlin is located around 300 kilometres southeast off the capital Prague.
The SVA has set up a zone with 10-km radius, where wild boar hunting is prohibited. All swine breeders within that zone will have to present their inventory listing of swine animals. Trade or movements of swine and products are prohibited from the defined affected area. The Regional Veterinary Administration has to be notified in advance of any planned domestic slaughter.
According to the USDA-FAS report, dated June 28, no ban on trade had not been established. Main Czech export markets are Slovakia, Germany and Hungary.
The Czech Republic does not export swine and products to the US.