During the last three months, and more intensely in August and in Poland, the European Union has confirmed the appearance of African swine fever outbreaks in wild boars and domestic pigs in areas of Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
In some areas, the appearance of these cases has entailed an increase in the risk level and, as a consequence, new inclusions or changes in the areas affected by the disease in the different sections (I, II, III y IV) of the Annex of the Implementing Decision 2014/709/UE. In Estonia, an outbreak has been notified outside of the restriction areas defined in this Decision. Up to now, the last changes in the sections of the Annex of the Implementing Decision 2014/709/UE are recorded in the European Commission Implementing Decision 2016/1441, of 30 August 2016.
Regarding Poland, some of the new confirmed outbreaks have made the European Commission establish new provisional protection and surveillance zones (implementation deadline: 15 October 2016), waiting for the next meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed.
In the specific case of Poland, the situation of the disease as of 2 September according to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture of Poland is as follows:
The areas in blue appear in section III of the Annex of the Implementing Decision 2014/709/UE, whilst the areas in red and yellow appear in sections I and II, respectively.
July and August 2016/ DOUE/ European Union.