ASF detected on a farm in western Poland
African swine fever has been found on a large farm in western Poland. This is the first time the virus has been found in domestic pigs in the region. As a result, more than 23,000 pigs are expected to be culled: including 6,900 breeding sows and nearly 17,000 piglets. The outbreak was discovered on March 18 and confirmed three days lower.
Polish and German officials have enacted increased measures to ensure the disease does not spread beyond Poland’s borders and into Germany.
ASF was previously detected in a wild board in that region in November 2019.
African Swine Fever does not impact people and poses no food safety risks, but it is highly contagious and is a deadly virus that affects hogs. Outbreaks have now been identified in Indonesia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, North and South Korea, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine.