Workshop on African Swine Fever on Wild Boar

7 March 2014

A workshop on African Swine Fever on Wild Boar was held from 6 to 7 March 2014 at the SVA in Uppsala, Sweden. It was organized in response to the recent incursion of African swine fever (ASF) into the European Union, namely in Lithuania and Poland. The organizers were the Wildlife Disease Association (European and Nordic sections) and RISKSUR partner SVA (the Swedish National Veterinary Institute). Despite the short notice, over 80 people from 17 European countries participated in the workshop. The expertise of the participants ranged from virology, pathology, and epidemiology to wildlife ecology, wildlife health, vaccinology, and mathematical modelling. The particiapants represented veterinary institutes, reference laboratories for ASF, animal health authorities, food safety authorities, wildlife health centres, and universities at the national level, as well as the European Commission (DG-SANCO and EFSA) and the OIE (ASF reference laboratory, Wildlife Health Working Group) at the international level. Furthermore, hunters' associations, the food industry, the livestock industry, vaccine manufacturers, and private veterinary practitioners were also represented. Presentations are available here.