September 1, 2020
EFSA launches campaign to raise awareness of ASF in south-east Europe
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has started a major campaign to raise awareness of African swine fever (ASF) and help halt the spread of the disease in south-east Europe.
The campaign is aimed at countries that, in 2019, were identified by EFSA as collectively comprising a "region of concern" due to their proximity to countries where ASF is present. These countries are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia.
The campaign seeks to raise awareness and understanding of ASF in all nine countries. It is focused on groups of people and individuals who come into contact with domestic pigs and wild boar, such as pig farmers and hunters. EFSA will also engage with veterinary organisations, hunting associations, farmers' groups, customs officers, border police, local governments, tourist operators and travellers.
The campaign will complement the ongoing efforts of the European Commission and other international organisations to work towards the eradication of ASF in Europe.
"Because an ASF outbreak can have such devastating effects, detection, prevention and reporting are essential if this disease is to be contained. These are the key words of our campaign," EFSA said.