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“We are not satisfied with the meeting. Our colleagues presented no official proposals on the regionalization of African swine fever,” he said.
The talks, initiated by the European Commission, had been originally planned to be held in Paris but the venue was later changed.
“We asked to give us official proposals on the regionalization and monitoring by countries, first of all, those that border states where African swine fever outbreaks were registered, including Ukraine,” Dankvert said. “In the long run, such unformulated position will negatively impact European producers.”
African Swine Fever (ASF) is a highly contagious notifiable disease of pigs caused by a virus. The disease may occur in acute, sub-acute or chronic forms. The acute form causes severe disease from which the majority of affected pigs die. African Swine Fever can be spread through direct contact with infected pigs, faeces or body fluids; indirect contact via fomites such as equipment, vehicles or people who work with pigs between pig farms with ineffective biosecurity; pigs eating infected pig meat or meat products; biological vectors - ticks of the species Ornithodoros. There is no vaccine against African Swine Fever, which can be stopped from spreading only through culling infected animals. The first African Swine Fever outbreak was registered in South Africa in 1903.