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African swine fever is back in the Czech Republic

On the first day of December 2022, laboratory tests confirmed African swine fever in the Czech Republic after almost five years of its absence. The virus was detected in a dead wild boar found near the town of Frýdlant in the Liberec Region. The State Veterinary Administration imposed veterinary emergency measures in a defined area of 200 km2. Learn more here.
Recently, this disease occurred in our country between 2017 and 2018. The emergence of this extremely harmful disease in the Czech Republic led the Ministry of Agriculture to announce topics for project proposals under the National Agency for Agricultural Research in order to increase the knowledge base of Czech professionals and preparedness of laboratories for dealing with this issue. After the successful completion of ASF eradication, the jointly created monograph entitled “African swine fever – Research results in the Czech Republic” was published. This monograph summarizes knowledge of this disease, of the causative agent, possibilities of diagnostics and prevention. A large part is devoted to biosafety issues. The final part presents the results of research focused on wild boars and the possibilities of controlling their movement. The whole monograph can be downloaded here.