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Norway needs to improve surveillance for African swine fever




ESA: Norway is prepared to manage an outbreak of African swine fever in domestic pigs, but needs to strengthen surveillance in domestic pigs and wild boar.

These are ESA's conclusions following an audit in Norway in September. African swine fever is a devastating infectious disease of pigs, which is usually fatal. The disease has spread in Europe since 2014 and currently affects 10 European countries. African swine fever does not affect humans, and the disease has not been detected in Norway.

Following the audit, ESA concluded that the emergency preparedness arrangements for the disease are likely to be effective for domestic pigs. However, Norway needs to increase surveillance in domestic pigs and wild boar, and enhance biosecurity measures during hunting. This is important to ensure early detection of an outbreak, and prevent the spread of the disease.

The report includes a number of recommendations addressed to Norway aimed at rectifying the identified shortcomings and enhancing the system in place.

The report can be accessed here.

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Øystein Solvang
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