African Swine Fever (ASF) is a devastating infectious disease of pigs, usually deadly. No vaccine exists to combat this virus. It does not affect humans nor does it affect other animal species other than pigs and wild boars. It can be transmitted either via direct animal contact or via dissemination of contaminated food (e.g. sausages or uncooked meat).
Humans are one of the biggest threats to spreading of ASF and the disease can linger on for a very long time in affected material (like sausage, offal, etc.). Hunters are usually the first to detect ASF within the local wild boar population and as such are very important for detecting, monitoring and managing ASF.
During this meeting in the European Parliament, key stakeholders will present their experiences and strategic approaches with the aim of solving this significant problem.
This meeting will also enhance cooperation between stakeholders in the EU.
WHEN: Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 10:00 – 12:00
WHERE: European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP 5G1
MEETING POINT FOR ACCREDITATION
Due to increased security in Brussels, participants are requested to arrive 45 minutes in advance – 9h15 – at the Simone Veil Entrance, Altiero Spinelli building, European Parliament, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels.
Participants will be requested to show their ID.
Advanced confirmation of your participation is required by the 8 May 2018, specifying your name, surname, date of birth, nationality, ID document.
Member of the European Parliament
European Commission, Member of cabinet of the Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
Deputy Director of Friedrich Loeffler Institut (Federal Research Institute for Animal Health), Germany
Senior Expert of Animal Infectious Disease
Latvia State Veterinary and Food Service, Surveillance Division
Latvian Hunting Association