September 13, 2021
Slovakia to reduce wild boar numbers as ASF situation exacerbates
The African swine fever (ASF) situation in Slovakia has worsened this year, with 1,194 cases confirmed in wild boar compared to 125 in the first half of 2020.
The country remained free of ASF until July 25, 2019, when veterinary authorities confirmed an outbreak on a backyard farm with an inventory of four pigs in the Trebisov district, about 500 meters from the border with Hungary and about 20km from the border with Ukraine, both countries affected by the disease.
In relation to the presence of the disease in domesticated pigs, only one outbreak has been reported so far this year.
In view of the worsening ASF situation in wild boar, the Slovak Ministry has decided to reduce the wild boar population.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Slovak Republic (MPRV-SR) has prepared a comprehensive preventive action to protect Slovak farms and stop the risk of spreading ASF.
The objective of the plan is to reduce the wild boar population by 100,000 head. Meat from healthy animals will be tested several times and marketed.
- Pig333 / Slovak Ministry of Agriculture / ADNS