By Michael Bodenchuk, North American Editor
Hunters headed to Europe or Mongolia should be aware of trouble with wildlife diseases in those areas. North American Editor Mike Bodenchuk has the details:
A second case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been confirmed in the European Union (EU). In a February 20, Email Extra Bulletin, we noted the discovery of ASF in a hunter-killed wild boar in Lithuania, the first time the disease had been discovered in a hunter-killed animal and the first time during this outbreak that it has been found in the EU outside of Sardinia, which has had ASF circulating since 1978. In the March issue
of The Hunting Report
, we updated that news story. The International Society for Infectious Diseases now reports that Poland
has become the second EU country with ASF in this most recent outbreak. The laboratory-confirmed case is from a wild boar found dead from the disease in extreme eastern Poland. The boar, in fact, was found only 900 meters from the border with Belarus, which has had ASF circulating since July 2013. This month we have learned of additional cases in Russia, again associated with hunter-killed wild boar. Russia, Ukraine and Belarus all preceded the EU countries in finding ASF. EU ministers are very concerned about the risks to domestic swine......