Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REU)
 

Threat of African Swine Fever spread in Eastern Europe: Urgent need for international collaboration

Technical meeting
4-5 December 2012, Budapest, Hungary

African swine fever (ASF) is one of the most severe viral diseases affecting swine production. Some genotypes, such as genotype II, which was introduced into Georgia in 2007 and spread throughout the Caucasus and into the Russian Federation can cause high morbidities and mortalities. Unfortunately the ASF control, detection and prevention strategies in many countries in Europe is not fully effective.  Many countries lack updated knowledge and tools to assure comprehensive disease control strategies and policies as well as an effective prevention and surveillance strategy.  If not properly prevented or controlled, ASF will eventually spread within the region posing devastating economic consequences and serious trade restrictions. The early detection and response is vital for effective ASF elimination.

In line with resolutions of the of the first Veterinary Forum for South and East Europe held in Budapest in February 2011, ASF Global Alliance workshop held in Rome in September  2011 and  4th Steering Committee of the FAO/OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Animal Disease (GF-TADs) for Europe held in Brussels in January 2012 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia will be organizing a technical meeting on ASF prevention and control in Europe. The event will take place at FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary, on 4-5 December 2012.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide updates on the epidemiological situation in infected countries, emergency preparedness plans of countries, present the FAO study on ASF epidemiological peculiarities and the lessons learnt disease control in Eastern Europe, foster regional cooperation of the veterinary services and relevant international organization for ASF prevention and control. In addition, the meeting will provide ample opportunity to have technical exchanges and improve communication across borders and experts and develop an ASF prevention and control action plan to collectively address this issue.

Meeting documents

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Agenda

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Recommendations (draft-2)

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Press release   /   Sajtóközlemény

 Presentations

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Setting the scene
Andriy Rozstalnyy, FAO Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO REU.

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FAO’s vision on prevention of progressive spread of ASF in Eastern Europe in the global context
Vincent Martin, EMPRES, AGAH, FAO

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The structure, contents and purpose of the draft of FAO paper on African Swine Fever epidemic in the Russian Federation 2007-2012
Andriy Rozstalnyy, FAO Animal Production and Health Officer, FAO REU

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Epidemiology of ASF in the domestic pig populations and challenges of the disease control in the Russian Federation
Denis Kolbasov, Director of the National Research Institute for Veterinary Virology and Microbiology, Pokrov, Russian Federation

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Widespread of ASF in Russia: Why? and Till what time?
Nicolay Valsov, CVO, Russian Federation

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Wild boar and ASF: are there reasons for concern?
Sergei Khomenko, Disease Ecology and Wildlife Specialist, EMPRES, FAO HQ

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African swine fever: actions undertaken by the EU to better prevent and control the disease in Europe
Alberto Laddomada, Head of Unit, Animal Health, Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO), European Commission

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EU RL Assistance to Eastern European countries: Experiences, gaps and needs to improve laboratory diagnostics
Marisa Arias, Animal Health Research Centre, CISA- INIA

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Prevention and control in the pig sector: Issues and options with emphasis on backyard and smallholders
Daniel Beltrán-Alcrudo, EMPRES, AGAH, FAO

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FAO past, current and future activities on ASF in the Caucasus and Eastern Europe
Daniel Beltrán-Alcrudo, EMPRES, AGAH, FAO

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Importance of improving biosecurity level on pig farms in eradication of Classical Swine Fever (CSF): Experience in SERBIA
Marco Sensi, IZSUM, Perugia, Italy

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Importance of improving biosecurity level on pig holdings in eradication of African Swine Fever - Inputs from CSF
Marco Sensi, Perugia, Italy

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OIE Work on African Swine Fever
Nadege Leboucq, OIE sub-regional Representative in Brussels

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Capacity Building Activities on African swine fever
Ned L Cardenas, Animal Health Technical Advisor, USDA FAS OCBD

Country Presentations

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Armenia
Tigran Markosyan

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Austria

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Estonia
Ago Pärtel CVO

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Грузия (Georgia)

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Hungary
Zsófia Kókány, animal health referent, Division of Animal Health and Coordination, Department of Food Chain Control

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Latvia
Edvins Olsevskis, Deputy Director, Veterinary Surveillance Department, Food and Veterianary Service

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Lithuania
Egidijus Pumputis, Deputy Head of Emergency Response Department, State Food and Veterinary Service

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Молдова (Moldova)
Виталий КАРАУШ, Агентство Ветеринарной Санитарии и Безопасности Продуктов Животного Происхождения Республики Молдова

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Poland
Andrzej Lipowski, National Veterinary Research Institute, Pulawy

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Romania
GUVERNUL ROMANIEI, Autoritatea Nationala Sanitara Veterinara si pentru Siguranta Alimentelor (ANSVSA)

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Slovak Republic
Prof. Jozef Bires, DVM, DrSc., CVO

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Украина (Ukraine)
Александр Вержиховский, и.о. директора Департамента ветеринарной медицины Государственной ветеринарной и фитосанитарной службы Украины

Related documents

Preparation of African swine fever contingency plans
Animal Production and Health Manual No. 8

FAO publications on ASF (Focus on, EMPRES Watch and EMPRES Bulletin):

Recognizing African Swine Fever
A Field Manual
FAO Animal Health Manual No. 9

Good practices for biosecurity in the pig sector
FAO Animal Production and Health Paper No. 169

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