Classical Swine Fever in Austria

by 5m Editor
20 June 2003, at 12:00am

AUSTRIA - in wild boar (final report) via OIE.

Information received on 18 June 2003 from Prof. Dr Peter Weber, Chief Veterinary Officer, Federal Ministry for Social Security and Generations, Vienna:

End of previous report period: 31 January 2001 (see Disease Information, 14 [8], 38, dated 23 February 2001).

End of this report period: 16 June 2003.

In November 2000, the Austrian Veterinary Services notified an outbreak in the Federal Province of Lower Austria. In total, 9 antigen-positive animals were found between November 2000 and January 2001. Since 14 January 2001, no other cases of classical swine fever (CSF) in wild boar have been reported in Austria.

No outbreaks of CSF in domestic pigs have been reported to the OIE by Austria since August 1995.

Within the framework of the eradication plan - approved by the European Commission - 1,009 samples were investigated in the disease area and the surveillance area. Due to the successful eradication, the eradication plan was amended in February 2002 and all measures were lifted in March 2003.

A voluntary programme will be carried out in the area concerned to provide security for freedom from CFS in wild boar.

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