January 16, 2020


African swine fever outbreak reported in Serbia


State news agency Tanjug said African swine fever (ASF) was discovered among wild boar in east Serbia along the border to Bulgaria and Romania, reported Reuters.


According to Tanjug, Sasa Ostojic, national veterinary crisis centre head said the ASF cases were found at two hunting grounds in Pirot and Kladovo, located in east Serbia.


To prevent the spread of ASF, an order to shoot the wild boars has been given by the authorities to lower their population.


Ostojic said ASF cases are on the rise and it was expected to enter Serbia. The country's neighbours Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania have already reported several ASF outbreaks, which has mainly been spread by wild boars.


Asian countries, especially China, have imposed import bans on countries with positive ASF cases. This results in huge loses for meat exporters.


Serbia last reported a positive ASF case in August 2019. The authorities are said to have stopped the disease from spreading then.


-      Reuters