The 16th meeting of the Standing Group of Experts on African swine fever in Europe took place on November 23.
The event was attended by representatives of the OIE Office in Europe and the OIE Office in the Pan American continent, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Asia and the Pacific, and FAO representatives for Europe. The meeting was attended by specialists from Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Greece. The Russian Federation was represented by Nikita Lebedev, advisor to the Head of Rosselkhoznadzor, and Alexei Igolkin, head of the African swine fever laboratory of the subordinate to the Service Federal Center for Animal Health (FGBI ARRIAH).
During the event, representatives of different countries reported on the current situation of the ASF spread. Particular emphasis was placed on the impact of the complicated COVID-19 epidemiological situation in the world and on the arrangement and implementation of measures to eradicate African swine fever outbreak. Most of the event participants informed that the epidemic had a negative impact on the work of veterinary services due to the fact that they were involved in research on COVID-19. In addition, the pandemic has limited human movement, making it difficult to find dead boars.
At the end of the meeting, the Russian party raised the issue of including African swine fever in the list of diseases for which countries can receive official OIE statuses. This topic has been touched upon not for the first time. The meeting participants were invited to send their proposals on this issue and discuss it at the next meeting of the group.