EFSA's campaign aims to further raise awareness of the disease in the Baltic EU states, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, as well as Romania and Bulgaria.
EFSA is stepping up its efforts to stop the spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Europe. It has extended its campaign to a further nine countries.
Last summer, EFSA launched a large-scale campaign to raise awareness of the disease in southeastern Europe. The campaign was conducted in partnership with local authorities in countries that constitute a "problem region" due to their proximity to countries where ASF is present: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia, Serbia and Slovenia. Now, EFSA is expanding the campaign - aimed mainly at farmers - to Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, the agency adds.
Nikolaus Kriz, head of EFSA's Animal and Plant Health Unit, said, "As a scientific organization, we work tirelessly to make assessments and recommendations that can help countries threatened by African swine fever protect their animals and their economies. The campaign was well received in the first wave countries, and now we are moving forward with our 'Detect, Prevent, Report' message."
Objectives and target audiences
The campaign aims to raise awareness and knowledge related to ASF in all 18 countries. It is aimed at groups of people and individuals who come into contact with domestic pigs and wild boar, especially pig farmers. It is implemented with the support of local veterinary institutions, farmer associations, hunting associations, border police and other relevant agencies. Since an outbreak of ASF can have devastating consequences, it is crucial to detect, prevent and report this animal disease in order to be able to contain it, he said. That's why the campaign's theme is "Detect, Prevent, Report."
According to EFSA, the campaign complements ongoing efforts by the European Commission and other international organizations to eradicate the disease in Europe.In addition, EFSA is providing factsheets, infographics, posts that can be used immediately on social media and other materials. For more information, visit the campaign website