February 6, 2020
Greece's Minister of Rural Development and Food confirmed Wednesday in a press conference that the country had its first case of African swine fever, on a domestic farm in Serres, a region of northern Greece near the border with Bulgaria and North Macedonia. Tissues from the dead pig were sent to the Athens Veterinary Center, where authorities confirmed the infection.
According to Makis Voridis, the government has taken several measures to help control the spread of the disease, including depopulation in a 3-kilometer area around the farm and a stop movement in a 10-kilometer zone.
Voridis stressed that the Ministry and the relevant other agencies are on alert and the European Commission has already been informed of the incident. The Minister assured that there is absolutely no concern for human health, as the disease is not transmitted to humans.
Earlier this week, authorities in Bali, a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, said they suspected ASF was to blame for the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs over the past few months. In December, the World Organization for Animal Health reported that Indonesia's first outbreak happened on Sept. 4 and since then 392 outbreaks have been reported in backyard pig farms in the Sumatera Utara Province. More than 28,000 pigs have died and 1.23 million are susceptible.
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