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New report highlights importance of ongoing surveillance and wild boar population management to combat African Swine Fever

Since 2014 several EU Member States have had cases of African Swine Fever in wild boars. The control and eradication of this disease is difficult and demanding. During the winter of 2018/2019 the European Commission carried out a series of fact-finding missions in four Member States not yet affected by the disease. The objective was to evaluate the measures that the veterinary authorities were taking to prevent the possible introduction of the disease and to prepare for it if that happened.
The overview report presents the main findings of these missions and good practices applied in different countries. It highlights the need for national wild boar management strategies that are acceptable for farmers, hunters and environmentalists alike. It also underlines the need for unaffected Member States to remain vigilant for possible signs of the disease and to be prepared to respond swiftly if it is introduced.

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