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ASF Expands in Eastern Europe, Especially in Wild Boar

In the past four months, 1,055 African swine fever (ASF) cases in domestic (backyard and commercial) pigs have been notified in Eastern Europe, mostly in Romania (856 cases) but also in Poland (67 cases) and Ukraine (46 cases). The number of outbreaks in domestic pigs has been slowing, with cases in October totaling 110 compared to 437 in July. However, the disease continues to spread in wild boars, especially in Romania and Poland, with further spread likely in Bulgaria. This week new cases were reported in wild boar in Bulgaria and Poland as well as in domesticated backyard pigs in Romania. There is a risk of further spread in the winter months.