Italy: Local hunting bans due to African swine fever


Response from Italy for ERT: Christian Mavris

According to a joint order of the Ministries of Health and Agricultural Policy, a six-month ban is imposed on all hunting activities (except selective wild boar hunting) for 114 municipalities between Piedmont and Liguria, but also in the provinces of Trento and Bolzano.

According to Italian media, the area is thought to be infected with African Swine Fever (ASF), a commonly deadly swine and wild boar virus for which there are no vaccines or treatments, and no transmitted to humans, according to the website of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

So far, wild boar meat has been found to be positive for the virus in the provinces of Alessandria and Genoa. La Nazione points out that selective wild boar hunting is allowed as a tool to reduce the overpopulation and strengthen the monitoring network for the presence of the virus, but in areas “mushroom and truffle collection, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and other activities direct or indirect interaction with infected wild boars ”.

This is because there is a possibility of indirect transmission of the virus through the soil, such as what remains on bicycle tires or shoes. The purpose of the provision is “to allow productive activities to continue to operate safely, providing confidence in our exports.”

According to the newspaper Il Fatto Quotidiano, recent cases of African swine fever have triggered precautionary measures at the borders of Switzerland, Kuwait and the Far East (China, Japan and Taiwan) where imports of meat and cold cuts made in Italy have been temporarily suspended. with a turnover of 1.7 billion Euros.  

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