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Concerted international effort urged on African Swine Fever

African pig disease spreading in Eurasia seen as global threat

Warning of a likely imminent upsurge of a deadly pig disease in the Caucasus region and Russian Federation, FAO today called on affected countries to step up precautionary measures and for a concerted international effort to prevent the infection spreading more widely across the Northern Hemisphere.

“African swine fever is fast becoming a global issue,” said Juan Lubroth, FAO’s Chief Veterinary Officer. “It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans.”