Workshop on African Swine Fever surveillance and wildlife management


The Workshop on African Swine Fever surveillance and wildlife management is organised within the Better Training for Safer Food initiative.


The workshop will take place from October 25th to 27th in Prague – Czech Republic, and will be held in English language.


The same training was already carried out last year in Minsk from November 16th to 18th 2016, and delegates from Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, and Slovakiatook part in the training.

We kindly request that all countries nominate at least one participant responsible for wildlife management (officials from national agencies dealing with forestry /wildlife management).


This is related to the need to strengthen links and facilitate communication between Veterinary Services and other stakeholders in the country.


Workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management


BTSF GF-TADS Workshop – One day workshop on ASF surveillance and wildlife management


Olomouc, 12th October 2017


(NH Collection Olomouc Congress, Legionárská 21. 779 00, Olomouc, Czech Republic)


Time Contents Trainer


9:00 - 9:15 Welcome, introduction, aims


Experts, Host






9:15 - 10,10


Wild Boar ecology (Geographical distribution, Demography, Census and hunting methods)


AIM: participants will have an overview of the wild boar management


system through the infected countries in order to compare densities, census


methods and the different demographic structure resulting from different


management strategies


10:10 - 11:00


ASF in wild boar in Eastern Europe (Geographical spread, epidemiological role played by the wild boar, transmission patterns, risk factors)


AIM: participants will have an overview of the main epidemiological


characteristics of ASF epidemiology. Modes of transmission (direct and


indirect) will be presented; the concept of wild boar threshold density and


Critical Community size will be discussed in the light of the possible density


dependent eradication of the infection. Presentation of the concept of ASF


virus environmental contamination and its role in virus maintenance and




11:00 - 11,15 Coffee break


11:15 -11:50


ASF International legislation; legislation within the EU, OIE legislation, diagnostic standards of the UE diagnostic manual, EU and Terrestrial Code surveillance models


11:50 - 12:45


ASF surveillance in wild boar (early detection in free areas; monitoring in infected areas; sampling and epidemiological parameters estimation);


AIM: Participants receive key info in order to understand which surveillance


strategy (passive vs active, Ag detection vs Ab detection) is the best choice


in the framework of ASF early detection in free areas and monitoring in


infected areas.


12:45 -14:00


Wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas (management units: hunting vs administrative units; seasonality: biological periods vs calendar year; structure of the sampled population: age and gender


classes; prevalence in dead vs hunted animals);


AIM: participants will receive advice on how to organize the data in order


to fill the most common gaps observed when Wild boar management and


hunting derived data are collate together with Domestic animal health




14:00 - 14:35 Lunch


14:35 - 15:10 ASF in wild boar: practical management (designing a wild boar infected area; set quotas and hunting bags);


AIM: Participants will receive information regarding the main strategies


and their implementation in wild boar infected areas in order to achieve the


eradication of the virus.


15:10 - 15:45


Biosecurity in ASF in wild boar infected areas (role of biosecurity measures during hunting; safe disposal of carcasses and infected hunted


animals, practical organization of biosecurity facilities in Hunting ground;


management of hunted animals while waiting ASF test results);


AIM: participants will be informed regarding the role of biosecurity and


how to arrange the minimum set of measures in hunting grounds.


15:45 - 16:00


Group exercise a) surveillance; b) population management; c) data


collection and reporting Participants


16:00 - 16:45 Coffee break


16:45 -17:30 Discussion on exercise results Participants and




17:30 Closure of the training







Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic

AMPWorkshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by National level

Due to the Evolution of the Epidemiological Situation of African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (the first positive case was detected on 26 June 2017), we are fully aware of the seriousness of the situation. The State Veterinary Administration launched the Epidemiology Training Programme for hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management in response to the recent incursion of African swine fever (ASF) into the Czech Republic. 

The State Veterinary Administration is organising for hunters a cycle of trainin sessions in the fields of African Swine Fever. More than 1,000 hunters were trained in the Zlín region from July to August.

African swine fever (ASF) is a highly transmissible disease affecting pigs and wild boars with serious socio-economic and wildlife consequences. The disease can spread rapidly, irrespective of national borders.
ASF is not a human health threat.
No vaccine or specific treatment is currently available for ASF.
Therefore, disease control is mainly based on early detection and the application of strict sanitary and biosecurity measures.

Workshop on African Swine Fever (ASF) in the Czech Republic organised by Community level

EC is planning to organise a one day workshop on surveillance and wildlife management for African Swine Fever in the Czech Republic (also in Germany, Austria).

TARGET PARTICIPANTS: only Czech, mainly hunters, representatives of hunter associations, forestry management and veterinarians. The number of participants can be between minimum 35 to maximum 50.
TOPICS: The topics to be addressed during the workshop include ASF in wild boar and management of wild boar population, wild boar data collection in ASF infected areas, best practices in biosecurity and implementation of GFTADs recommendations. GFTAD - Global Framework for the progressive control of Transboundary Animal Diseases.
DATE: October 12, 2017, from 9:00 to 17:30
FUNDING and ORGANISATION: The costs and organisation of experts, meeting room, lunch, coffee break and interpretation will be covered by contractor. On the other hand, the project does not cover costs for travel and accommodation of participants.
LOCATION: NH Collection Olomouc Congress, Legionářská 21. 779 00, Olomouc, Czech Republic)


The training will be held with simultaneous interpretation in Czech so as to reach also hunters and veterinary officials that are not fluent in English.