Classical swine fever (CSF) is a highly contagious viral disease of
swine (pigs and wild boar) which can spread via trade in live pigs, fresh pig meat and
certain meat-based products.
Transmission takes place through direct contact between animals (secretions,
excretions, semen, blood) or indirect contact through vehicles, clothes, instruments, needles, insufficiently
cooked waste food fed to pigs; it can also be spread by pig traders and farm visitors. Transplacental infection
leading to persistently infected offspring can also take place.
Sources for the virus are blood and all tissues, secretions and excretions of
sick and dead animals. Congenitally infected piglets may be persistently viraemic and may shed the virus for months.
Spread from infected wild boar to domestic pigs and vice versa has taken place on several occasions in the past in some areas of Europe.
Prevention can be achieved through effective communication between veterinary authorities,
veterinary practitioners and pig farmers, effective disease reporting and animal identification system, a strict import control of live pigs, fresh and cured meat, prohibition of feeding pigs with waste food and virological and serological surveillance.
In case of outbreaks in the EU, one needs to resort to the slaughtering of all pigs in the
infected farms and the destruction of cadavers. A protection zone (3 km radius) and surveillance zone (10 km radius) are
established around each outbreak, with restrictions on pig movements. An epidemiological investigation with the tracing of
the source of infection and the possible spread is carried out. If appropriate, emergency vaccination can also be used.
Additional ad hoc protection measures may be adopted by the Commission.
For more details, click on the
OIE technical card on Classical swine fever.
Classical swine fever is a notifiable disease, according to
Council Directive 82/894/EEC
of 21 December 1982 on the notification of animal diseases within the Community.
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of the notification system and the latest health situation table.
The CSF Diagnostic Manual is laid down in
Commission Decision 2002/106/EC
of 1 February 2002 approving a Diagnostic Manual establishing diagnostic procedures, sampling methods and criteria for evaluation of the
laboratory tests for the confirmation of classical swine fever as amended by
Commission Decision 2002/359/EC. The Community Reference Laboratory for CSF is Institute of Virology, Hannover Veterinary School, Buenteweg 17, D-30559 Hannover, Germany.
EU legislation to control CSF is laid down in Council Directive 2001/89/EC
(Corrigendum) of 23 October 2001 on Community
measures for the control of classical swine fever as amended by ACT of 2004 and
Commission Decision 2006/911/EC.
In case of an outbreak of CSF in domestic pigs or when cases occur in wild boar, further protection measures can be adopted by the Commission.
Member States have to draw up a contingency plan in order to be prepared in the event of outbreaks of CSF.
These plans are approved by the Commission
(Corrigendum) - Commission Decision 2000/113/EC -
Commission Decision 2004/431/EC
+ corrigendum .
Emergency vaccination against classical swine fever can be used for the control of CSF in the event of outbreaks.
The main criteria and risk factors to be considered for the decision to apply emergency
vaccination in pig holdings are listed in Annex VI of Directive 2001/89/EC. In order to respond quickly, the
Community has purchased 1.000.000 doses of live attenuated CSF vaccine and made arrangements for keeping it in stock and making it
rapidly available in case of an emergency vaccination of domestic pigs (Comission Decision 2007/682/EC)
Emergency vaccination of domestic pigs has been conducted during the past two years only in Romania
Commission Decision 2006/802/EC.
CSF is still present in some wild boar populations in some Member States. In order to prevent the spread of the disease to other areas of the Community, Decision 2008/855/EC of 3 November 2008 concerning animal health control measures relating to classical swine fever in certain Member States was adopted.
Decision 2008/855/EC establishes disease control measures in areas where CSF is present in feral pigs. According to the different epidemiological situations three distinct risk categories of lists of areas are set up in the Annex of the Decision. In Part I of the Annex areas are listed where the epidemiological situation is the most favourable and therefore by way of derogation from the general ban live pigs may be dispatched to other restricted areas, subject to certain safeguard measures. Additionally, fresh pigmeat from holdings located in those areas, and meat preparations and meat products consisting of, or containing meat of those pigs may be dispatched to other Member States. In this category are all affected areas from Germany, France, Hungary and Slovakia.
In part II of the Annex areas are listed where the epidemiological situation is less favourable due to sporadic CSF outbreaks. From these areas no live pigs but fresh pigmeat from holdings considered to be safe, and meat preparations and meat products consisting of, or containing meat of those pigs may be dispatched to other Member States subject to certain additional safeguard measures. In this category is only the whole territory of Bulgaria.
Part III of the Annex is foreseen for areas where the epidemiological situation is most unfavourable: neither live pigs nor fresh pigmeat and meat products may in general be dispatched to other Member States. However, such pigmeat preparations and meat products consisting of, or containing pigmeat may be dispatched to other Member States if they are treated in such a way that any classical swine fever virus present is destroyed (mitigating measures). Special conditions are the marking of these products with special marks and the certification requirement. At present there is no area listed in these part of the Annex.
In addition document SANCO/7032/2010 (Rev 4) contains Guidelines on surveillance/monitoring, control and eradication of classical swine fever in wild boar. It provides guidance to the Member States as regards different options for controlling the disease, including vaccination of wild boar and hunting measures. These guidelines are based on: