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THE hunting or trapping of wild boar in Europe is unlikely to reduce the risk of introducing African swine fever virus (ASFV) to wild boar populations or to reduce spread of the virus. Moreover, attempts to dramatically reduce populations might increase transmission of the virus and facilitate its progressive geographical spread.
These are among the conclusions reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), which was asked by the European Commission to advise on control measures that might be used to reduce the spread of ASFV among wild boar following the confirmation of cases in wild boar in Poland and Lithuania in January. …
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