ESA believes that Norway must strengthen the surveillance of swine fever

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The EEA monitoring body ESA has inspected Norwegian pig farms. They believe that Norway must strengthen the surveillance of Norwegian domestic pigs and wild boars due to swine fever.

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In September, the inspection body ESA conducted an inspection in Norway. They concluded that Norway is prepared to deal with an outbreak of African swine fever in Norway, but they still believe that Norway must strengthen the surveillance of both domestic pigs and wild pigs.

Since 2014, swine fever has spread in Europe. It is a highly contagious virus that affects pigs. Most swine fever cases are fatal, according to the Veterinary Institute (Veterinærinstituttet).

Swine fever does not infect humans and has not been detected in Norway.

In a press release from ESA, they write that Norway must strengthen surveillance of pigs and wild boar, and improve infection-reducing measures in connection with wild boar hunting.

All cases of swine fever detected in Norway must be reported to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority (Mattilsynet) immediately.

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