ASF Poland: 1st outbreak on backyard farm in the west

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Source: Pig Progress, 16 June 2020, photo credit: Sectors

For the first time, a backyard farm in western Poland has tested positive for African Swine Fever (ASF). It was found on a farm near the village of Ratowice, Leszno county, in the province of Greater Poland.

An update by the Polish Central Veterinary Inspectorate (CVI) reported that the farm had 24 pigs in total. The positive cases were confirmed on June 15 by the National Veterinary Institute – National Research Institute in Puławy. The village is located at 21 km east of the closest known cases of ASF in wild boar and at about 125 km as the crow flies from the border with Germany.

All in all, this is the 4th case of ASF on a farm in the whole of Poland in 2020. Earlier this year, 2 commercial farms in western Poland were infected, as well as a smaller farm in the east, close to the border with Belarus. With the commercial farm outbreaks, it was immediately possible to track and trace which contacts had been happening, in case of backyard farms, the ways of contact could be more diffuse.
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