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Analysis of the Current Situation of African Swine Fever Prevention and Control in France

French agriculture is extremely developed. It is the world's leading agricultural country and agricultural by-products exporters, of which the pig industry is the first meat industry of France. France is free from African swine fever (ASF) since 1974 in all suids. Following the outbreak of ASF in wild boar in Belgium in September 2018, in order to protect the French pig industry, the French authorities have continuously reinforced the prevention measures against ASF and to date, there have been no outbreaks of ASF. The practice of ASF prevention and control in France shows that publicizing and training the whole population on ASF prevention and control, raising biosecurity awareness, reinforcing biosecurity measures and implementing them effectively in production are the key to prevention and control. Secondly, a robust multi-participant surveillance network mobilizes all parties to achieve close monitoring/surveillance of outbreaks, timely notification of outbreaks and collection of epidemiological information. Finally, it is important to be proactive and preventive. After the outbreak of wild boar ASF in Belgium, the emergency plan was activated at the first time with the issuance of a Ministerial Order of 16 October 2018 on biosecurity measures applicable to farms in which suids are hold, introduce temporary control measures on the border with Belgium, such as implementation of preventive zoning measures, fencing, depopulation of wild boars and carrying out enhanced active surveillance of domestic pigs and wild boars; and setting up Belgian-French-Luxembourg Task Force. At the same time, the French competent agency actively negotiated with China on the requirements for recognition of ASF zoning and compartmentalization, hoping that even if there are cases of ASF in France in the future, implementation of this zoning policy allows for trade to be maintained from ASF-free zones without having to discontinue the totality of French exports for concerned products.

France, African Swine Fever, Zoning

APA Style

Liu, H., Jin, Z., Zhang, J. (2023). Analysis of the Current Situation of African Swine Fever Prevention and Control in France. Animal and Veterinary Sciences, 11(6), 143-148.

ACS Style

Liu, H.; Jin, Z.; Zhang, J. Analysis of the Current Situation of African Swine Fever Prevention and Control in France. Anim. Vet. Sci. 2023, 11(6), 143-148. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.20231106.12

AMA Style

Liu H, Jin Z, Zhang J. Analysis of the Current Situation of African Swine Fever Prevention and Control in France. Anim Vet Sci. 2023;11(6):143-148. doi: 10.11648/j.avs.20231106.12

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