The Standing ASF Expert Group for the Baltics and Eastern
Europe under GF-TADs was established to analyze the experience and assess measures
taken to control the infection. The Group’s activities are aimed at building
close cooperation between ASF infected countries which will allow elaborating a
joint harmonized approach to the disease eradication in the Eastern-European
Today the 7th Expert Group meeting took place on the
sidelines of the 85th OIE General Session, France, with participation of the
EC, OIE and FAO members. During the event results of preventive measures,
epidemic situation studies, measures for ASF eradication in RF, Poland,
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Ukraine were presented and discussed.
Yugeny Nepoklonov, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Konstantin Savenkov, Deputy
Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor, Nikita Lebedev, Advisor to the Rosselkhoznadzor
Head, Pavel Kulakov, Representative for Agriculture and Fisheries in the
Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the European Union, Artyom
Metlin, Deputy Head of the FGBI “ARRIAH”, and Alexey Igolkin, Head of the FGBI
“ARRIAH” ASF Reference Laboratory took part in the event.
Representatives of the ASF infected countries told about the
current epidemic situation and measures taken giving attention to the role of
wild boars in the infection spread. It should be mentioned that in some
countries (Lithuania, Poland) people get money rewards for finding wild boar
carcasses. This in its turn facilitates rapid seizure and destruction of wild
animal carcasses as well as getting comprehensive information on the number of
Alexey Igolkin made a speech on the epidemic situation and
measures taken in the Russian Federation stressing that despite results
declared by the European colleagues there is still wide-scale infection spread
as well as no any single approach to the disease control management in Europe.
And the virus reintroduction to the disease free RF border subjects can cause a
new wave of the disease in these territories. In the RF according to the Order
of the RF Government it is recommended to establish the buffer zone free from
wild boars along the western Russian border for its prevention. This suggestion
as well as the wild boar control strategy implemented in infected regions of
the country triggered heated discussion in which the Russian Party was
supported by Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian representatives.
In conclusion Dr B. Van Goethem, GF-TADs President,
mentioned the significance of the event. The next GF-TADs meeting will be held
in September this year.