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Regional African Swine Fever (ASF) Wild Boar Management Workshop

Belgrade, Serbia, 21/05/2019 - 23/05/2019

African swine fever (ASF) is a contagious viral disease of pigs and wild boar that causes severe economic losses to the pig sector. Originally restricted to Africa, ASF was introduced into Georgia in 2007, from where it progressively spread westwards (reaching Eastern and Central Europe) and eastwards. The disease was reported in Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania in 2018, seriously threatening the Balkans. Based on experience, in Europe, the wild boar plays a crucial role in the maintenance and the spread of the disease.

In order to enhance awareness and technical knowledge on the management of the disease in wild boar populations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), with the financial support of the Czech Republic, is organizing a Regional ASF Wild Boar Management Workshop.

Language: English with translation to Serbian

Objectives:
The objective of the workshop is to bring together experts from the Czech Republic along with other country experts and wild boar specialist to discuss and share practical knowledge about ASF and the specific surveillance, prevention and control measures in wild boar populations.

Participants:

  • Representatives of the veterinary, forestry, hunting and academia from the Balkan region
  • Experts from Czech Republic, Enetwild and Minuartia
  • Representatives from FAO, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

The workshop will have both a theoretical part focusing on presentations and open discussion, and a practical part focusing on sampling and biosecurity at a hunting ground.

During day 1 will cover: Activities of FAO, EFSA and Enetwild; current ASF situation in Europe; Epidemiology of ASF; Strategy of the European Union on wild boar; The ASF virus persistence in the environment and use of disinfectants; Presentations from participating countries and closing with a round table discussion.
During day 2: further presentations are given on: Activities of OIE; Experience of infected countries (Georgia, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Hungary and Lithuania); Experience from countries who have regained freedom (Czech republic); Presentations on wild boar biology-ecology-searching-sampling; Fences to prevent the stop of wild boar; Hunting strategies, Supplementary feeding and preventing transmission.
Day 3 is a field day on hunting ground Karakusa, where demonstration are given on: hunting biosecurity; presentation of a hunting lodge in terms of biosecurity; wild boar dressing facilities; sampling and collection of appropriate samples; storage of the carcass. Second half of the day will continue with an exercise and a final joint discussion regarding ASF in wild boar.