Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Sörmland are the counties considered most susceptible to the dreaded disease African Swine Fever (ASF) according to the new report From the Swedish Veterinary Institute (SVA).
The presence of a large number of wild boars combined with a large number of incoming traffic from countries where the disease has a persistent outbreak increases the risk.
Skåne County Board of Directors is now calling for accuracy and vigilance to keep the outbreak out of Sweden.
– That the risk is higher and that the consequences can be significant in Skåne is normal given our location closest to the continent, our large wild boar population and that we have extensive hog production The county board has been working on this issue for a long time and will now intensify its work. At the same time, it’s important for everyone to take personal responsibility not to leave leftovers until wild boars have access to them, county veterinarian Charlotte Camateiro of Skåne County Board of Directors says in a press release.
Report as soon as possible
An important measure is also to increase the interest and reporting of suicidal wild boars.
The sooner an infection is detected, the better conditions will be for us to effectively control African swine fever and reduce its outbreak. Therefore, we would urge anyone who sees dead wild boars to report them to the SVA, which checks whether the animals are carrying the infection, says Maria Cedersmeg, infection control officer with the Swedish Agriculture Board in the press release.