Challenges to Swine Fever Control in Romania Identified05 March 2014
ROMANIA - The EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has expressed some concerns following an audit into Romania's Classical Swine Fever eradication programme in September last year.
The FVE report describes the outcome of an audit carried out by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) in Romania from 10 to 13 September 2013.
According to data provided by the country's veterinary authority, the cumulative results obtained during 2012 and so far in 2013 from the implemented Classical Swine Fever (CSF) control and monitoring programmes indicate that it is highly unlikely that the CSF virus has circulated in the domestic and wild pig populations in Romania for at least the last 12 months.
In relation to commercial pig holdings, the Romanian authorities can ensure that as a result of both their targeted control efforts, which have been found to be fit for purpose and largely effective, and the high levels of biosecurity consistently applied in these holdings; the risks of infection with the CSF virus and, if that happened, of transmission of the disease from them, are negligible.
However, deficiencies in the implementation of the CSF control and monitoring programmes approved for 2012 and 2013 still undermine the effectiveness of the control system put in place by the authorities in order to fulfil the overall objectives of those programmes and, thereby, decrease the reliability of the epidemiological picture that can be drawn from results of that implementation.
The main deficiencies are:
- The limited effectiveness of official controls on identification of animals and their movements in backyard holdings and the absence of enforcement of legal requirements in that respect.
- Information obtained from the epidemiological surveys designed for surveillance for CSF in backyard holdings is not robust enough because of a number of design faults and implementation gaps.
- The very limited passive surveillance in numerous counties with a fairly large pig population, which casts doubt on the effectiveness of the early warning system for CSF in those areas.
- The lack of legal powers to ensure that surveillance for CSF is effectively carried out in all privately run wild boar hunting areas.
As a consequence, the measures to verify the CSF-free status of the non-commercial domestic pig herd and the wild boar population in Romania could be improved.
The report makes a number of recommendations to the Romanian authorities aimed at rectifying the shortcomings identified and enhancing the implementing and control measures in place.
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