By Mike Bodenchuk, North American Editor
The recent discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) in a wild boar in Lithuania is not good news for hunters in the European Union. On January 27 officials with the European Commission and the World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE, confirmed the presence of ASF in two separate counties, marking the first occurrence of ASF in the EU outside of Sardinia.
Here's what staff editor Mike Bodenchuk discovered about this development (remember, Bodenchuk is also a wildlife biologist with the US Department of Agriculture):
ASF is a fatal disease of swine and is endemic in all sub-Saharan African nations. In 2007 it was discovered in Georgia and then in Russia. Since that time it has been identified in domestic pigs or wild boar (or both) in western Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and now Lithuania......