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Animal health
FAO warns Europe of the threat of African swine fever

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COUNTRIES bordering the Russian Federation need to be on high alert for African swine fever (ASF) and invest in improving their capacity for detecting and responding to an outbreak.

So says the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in a risk assessment published in its EMPRES Watch (Emergency Prevention System) bulletin series. The FAO has been warning since 2008 that there is a high risk of ASF spreading from the Russian Federation to neighbouring countries and establishing in new areas.

In the latest bulletin, the FAO reports that ASF virus (ASFV) was introduced into the Russian Federation in 2007, most probably by movements of infected wild boar from Georgia. The virus has persisted since …

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