The National Sanitary-Veterinary and Food Safety Authority (ANSVSA) has confirmed on Wednesday an African swine fever outbreak in a pig farm in Insula Mare a Brailei (Great Island of Braila – eastern Romania).
The farm is situated “in a relatively isolated area (20 km from the nearest locality in Braila County and 5 km from the Carcaliu locality in Tulcea County, between them being the natural barrier – the Danube, Macin channel), in Insula Mare a Brailei,” ANSVSA informs in a press release.
Following the confirmation of diagnosis by the Institute of Diagnosis and Animal Health Bucharest (IDSA) – the National Reference Laboratory for Diagnosis and Animal Health, the veterinary services have intervened urgently.
DSVSA informs that the sick pigs have been slaughtered, as well as those who have been in contact with them. At the same time, movement restrictions have been imposed and the disinfection of the affected farm, the spaces for pigs, alleys, the utensils and the potentially contaminated objects.
“We took samples from the dead pigs and on Tuesday morning it was confirmed by our laboratory that it is African swine fever. The samples were also sent to the reference laboratory of the Bucharest Diagnostic Institute for Animal Health. In the afternoon we received the official confirmation that it is a swine fever, so we are going to take the necessary measures. Already, any movement of animals has been banned on the territory of the Insula Mare a Brailei, and at the crossings of Stânca and Gropeni devices for disinfecting the cars have been installed,” declared the director of the Veterinary Sanitary Veterinary Directorate, Gicu Dragan, obiectivbr.ro informs.
The outbreak has been notified to the European Commission and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and the epidemiological investigation is ongoing.
On Monday, ANSVSA announced that all pigs at the pig farm complex in Tulcea County, where the African swine fever has been confirmed, i.e. 44,580 heads, will be slaughtered and the carcasses will be destroyed.
The epidemiological investigation was initiated by ANSVSA on June 28 as a result of the detection of African swine fever virus in a slaughterhouse belonging to a commercial pig farm in Tulcea County and the results of laboratory tests have confirmed its presence in the farms belonging to the same holding.
African swine fever was confirmed last year in Romania for the first time in a private household on the outskirts of Satu-Mare (north-western Romania).
Romanian MEP requests financial aid to farmers from the European Commission
MEP Laurentiu Rebega has requested the European Commission to provide financial support to the farmers who have been affected by swine fever. He reminds that Polish farmers who faced the same problem received EUR 9.3 million last year from the EU.
“As a Romanian MEP, as well as a member of the AGRI Committee of the European Parliament, I addressed both the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan and the European Commissioner for Food Health and Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, an open letter requesting the European Commission an emergency financial aid. (…) I have reminded the Brussels officials that last year the EU approved financial aid worth EUR 9.2 million to the Polish farmers facing the same situation. Considering all these issues, the European Commission must offer equal treatment to Romanian farmers!” says Laurenţiu Rebega, member of the European Group of Conservatives and Reformists, in a press release.
He recalls that nearly 50,000 pigs are to be slaughtered after ANSVSA has confirmed the African swine fever virus outbreak in a breeding farm for pigs in Tulcea County.