African swine fever has gone on the offensive this year with the first cases in the Czech Republic, Romania, and Siberia.
Although contained to one region, African swine fever continues to spread among the wild boar population.
Without the implementation of appropriate control measures, additional outbreaks could occur across Europe, further into Russia, and beyond to Asia.
Ukraine has lost 11% of its domestic pig population due to African swine fever (ASF) since 2014, when the large-scale epidemic started in the country, Maxim Martynyuk, the country’s acting Agriculture and Food Minister has revealed recently.
Romania's outbreak of African swine in Satu Mare is suspected of having originated in the Ukraine.
Russia has registered African swine fever virus in the Pskov, Vologda, and Ivanovo.
The State Veterinary Administration filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator over the spreading of the disease.
With 30 cases of African swine fever confirmed among wild boar, the Agriculture Minister announced it was time to take radical action to protect commercial farms.
Seven of 60 Lithuanian municipalities have been in a state of emergency for over two years in response to African swine fever infections.
The Estonian Food and Veterinary Board confirmed African swine fever on a farm with 3,200 animals in Saaremaa.