The disease was found in one animal that was part of a herd of four pigs in a backyard farm in the Kosice province. All four animals have been killed and disposed of. A three-kilometre protective zone and a 10-kilometre supervision zone have been applied. Farmers in these zones will be subject to additional veterinary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to the State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic, the finding was confirmed on the basis of a laboratory examination of the biological material in the national reference laboratory where the pathogen was confirmed.
Slovakia is now the 10th country in Europe to have a confirmed case of ASF. Over the past week further cases have been reported in Ukraine. Meanwhile Greece has banned imports of pork from Bulgaria following confirmed incidents of the disease.
In June 2019, ASF DNA fragments were discovered in a sausage originating from China which was brought illegally in passenger luggage in to Northern Ireland.