African swine fever diagnosed in wild boar in Slovakia

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African swine fever diagnosed in wild boar in Slovakia

13. 08. 2019 14:10

A first case of African swine fever virus (ASFV) in a wild boar has been reported in a hunting district in the territory of Svatuse in Eastern Slovakia according to the Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry. Wild boars are a source of infection for domestic pigs. The site of the finding is approximately seven kilometres from the Slovak-Hungarian border, whereas in areas on the Hungarian side of the border more than 800 positive cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. The first occurrence of the virus in Slovakia was identified in late July in domestic pigs in the Trebisov district. It cannot be transmitted to humans through contact with pigs or pork meat.

Anca Dragu, Photo: TASR

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