The veterinary authority in Ukraine has reported to the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) that two wild boars have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF).

The boar carcasses were found by a gamekeeper in the Zhydenske forest, forest in the province of Rovno in the north-west of the country, bordering Belarus. 

The carcasses were located 4 kilometers from the national boundary of Ukraine with Belarus and 5 kilometers from the nearest village, Zhaden.

The following measures have been imposed: control of wildlife reservoirs, quarantine, movement controls inside the country, screening, zoning and disinfection/disinfestation. There will be no vaccination or treatment of animals found to be affected.

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OIE will submit follow-up reports on the case until it considers it to be resolved.

The most recent discovery of ASF in the Ukraine follows an earlier confirmed case of ASF, also near the Belarusian border. In that case, three dead wild boars were discovered on May 5 in territory of the state wildlife reserve.  One of the three boars tested positive for ASF, while the other two carcasses were not tested because they were in an advanced state of decomposition.

In addition to the Ukraine, numerous countries within the Baltic region and other parts of the world have reported cases of the disease. Other countries to be affected in recent months include: Russia, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Cabo Verde.