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African Swine Fever in Ticino: Looming Threat from the South

  • By The Swiss Times
  • 29 January 2024

Swine Fever in Ticino inches closer, now just 65km away, as northern Italy reports cases. Ticino’s heightened alert prompts crucial safety measures.

African Swine Fever in Ticino: Looming Threat from the South
©Keystone/SDA – WU HONG

Swine Fever in Ticino is edging closer, triggering alarms as northern Italy confirms the virus mere kilometers from Switzerland’s southern frontier. The proximity to the outbreak has put Ticino on high alert, with the cantonal veterinarian acknowledging a significant risk elevation for the region.

Ticino’s cantonal veterinarian notes that the seamless exchange of goods and bustling human movement between Italy and Switzerland amplify the inadvertent virus transmission risks. Moreover, the natural migration of infected wild boars presents a direct pathway for the virus to breach southern Swiss borders.

Ticino’s unique geographical stance, bordering the infected zones, escalates its vulnerability to Swine Fever in Ticino, making a first-case scenario increasingly plausible, per the cantonal veterinarian’s analysis.

Preventive Measures and Recommendations:

Ticino’s veterinary authorities have unveiled a comprehensive behavioral guideline online, targeting hunters, pet owners, and the general public. The advisory underscores stringent hygiene for hunting enthusiasts, emphasizing regular clothing and equipment sanitization, especially post-exposure, with a recommended wash temperature of 70 degrees.

Hunting excursions to Swine Fever-affected regions, alongside feeding wild fauna or abandoning food remnants outdoors, are strongly discouraged to curb the disease’s spread.

Swine Fever in Ticino affects both wild and domestic swine and presents a dire scenario, with afflicted animals succumbing within a week, absent a cure or vaccine. However, the human population remains unthreatened by the virus.

As Ticino braces for potential impact, adherence to these guidelines could play a pivotal role in safeguarding the region’s swine population and preventing Swine Fever in Ticino from gaining a foothold.

©Keystone/SDA

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