Two cases of African Swine Fever confirmed in Poland
February 19, 2014
Poland's Minister of Agriculture Stanislaw Kalemba
A buffer zone has been set up by the European Commission along parts of Poland’s eastern border with Belarus and Lithuania, after two cases of African Swine Fever had been identified in two dead wild boars found in the area, Poland's Chief Veterinary Officer Janusz Zwiazek told reporters on Tuesday.
Farmers have been ordered to fence in their land, lay down disinfectant mats and test and monitor shipments of live pigs out of the zone.
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a contagious epizootic disease that causes high mortality in the populations of domestic pigs. It is not dangerous to humans. No cases of the disease had been registered on the territory of Poland previously.
The first case of a wild board infected with ASF was discovered on Monday in the village of Szudzialowo, in Podlaskie Province 900 meters away from Belarusian border.
The second infected animal was found 15 kilometers away from the first one, also near Belarusian border.
Poland’s Veterinary Service has taken steps to prevent the disease from spreading, imposing stricter supervision over the affected area, Zwiazek said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, on Jan. 29 Russia imposed ban on pork imports from Poland and other EU countries after ASF cases had been reported in Lithuania. Poland is one of the EU's leading pork exporters with exports in 2013 valued at EUR 912 million.
Poland's agricultural minister Stanislaw Kalemba told reporters in Brussels on Tuesday that the subject of EU compensation for farmers affected by the Russian ban had been discussed.
“According to our running count of these losses, we estimate that approximately 5,000-6,000 tons of our pork products are not crossing the eastern border each day, “ Kalemba said.