European Commission revokes ASF Infection Zone in Slovakia

The European Commission has revoked the African swine fever virus (ASFV) infection zone that was designated in Slovakia as the situation concerning the virus has been swiftly stabilized thanks to the adopted measures.

Nevertheless, the virus still persists in wild boars, the further development of the disease will be decided by the approach of breeders, hunters and other concerned parties.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Gabriela Matecna praised "efforts, adequate measures, intense communication and uncompromising measures" in affected farms as key elements that contributed towards containing the infection.

"However, this doesn't mean that the disease won't appear elsewhere tomorrow ... It's in the hands of all who appear in contact with swine, wild boars, fodder and products from pork and wild boar meat."

said Matecna.

ASF rapidly affected a large swath of Europe, while in Slovakia it's appeared only in two districts in eastern Slovakia - Trebisov and Michalovce. The last contraction by domestic swine was recorded exactly three months ago and it's been seen only in wild boars since then.