ASF ALERT in EUROPE: Albania reported an outbreak detected in wild boars

The country recently reported the outbreak to the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH). Two carcasses of infected wild boar had been found in a forest in Kukës county, in the north east of the country, on February 9, 2024.

Posted on Feb 29 ,07:56

ASF ALERT in EUROPE: Albania reported an outbreak detected in wild boars

In Albania, two dead wild boars were found to be positive for the virus. The site was in a forest in the east of the country, near the border with Kosovo. In January, Albania's Ministry of Agriculture tightened biosecurity measures to combat the animal disease and banned all imports of pigs from countries with ASF, including all neighboring countries. The same was issued for poultry from countries with incidences of avian influenza. But immigrating and infected wild boars cannot be stopped this way.

According to data from the European Animal Disease Notification System (ADIS), there have already been cases of ASF in wild and domestic pigs in 22 European countries this year. The epidemic is currently active in the Balkan states in southeastern Europe. With 21 cases, Serbia reported the most outbreaks in domestic pig herds in Europe. Behind them are Romania with 17 and Bosnia and Herzegovina with eleven records. In addition, there have already been 29 finds of ASF-infected wild boars in Albania's neighboring country North Macedonia, some of them not far from the border. In 2024, there were already several virus detections in wild boar populations in Serbia and Greece.

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