Last January, the presence of African swine fever was detected in the European Union after being free from this disease for years (except for Sardinia, where this disease is endemic).
The first two outbreaks were confirmed by the OIE last January 24th, and they affected two wild boars in the Lithuanian regions of Vilnius and Alytus.
Later on, the OIE informed, again, of the presence of the disease in wild boars, but in this case in Poland. Up to now, only two cases have been confirmed: the first one was confirmed by the veterinary authorities last February 13th in a wild boar in the area of Grzybowszczyzna, and the second one was confirmed in February 18th, also in a wild boar, in the area of Kruszyniany, both in the region of Podlaskie, near the border with Belarus.
We must highlight that the disease has been present, for years, in Russia and Belarus. Since January 2014 and up to this date, several outbreaks have been detected in domestic animals and wild boars. The following map shows the location of the outbreaks confirmed by the OIE since the beginning of this year:
If we make a history of the outbreaks in the European continent, the first outbreaks of the disease, after years without appearing, were detected in Georgia in 2007. Since that date, the disease spread to Russia and Belarus.
In the next map we can see the ASF outbreaks in the European continent during this last year:
Tuesday March 18, 2014/ 333’s editorial department. From data of the OIE.