ASF in Italy
With respect and in honor of the acute situation of ASF in Italy there is no regular newsletter this month.
The 7th of January was confirmed the 1st case of ASF in Italy. It’s related to a dead wild boar found in Ovada (AL, Province of Alessandria) and the 10th of January other two cases were confirmed, one in Fraconalto, 20 km from Ovada, and the other in Isola del Cantone that is 8 km from Fraconalto and 25 from Ovada.
The area where the dead wild boars were found is a mountainous area from Piedmont to Liguria, full of forests, and quite difficult to reach. But at Ovada and Isola del Cantone the two highways pass through that connect Milan, Lombardy and the eastern part of Piedmont to the city of Genova and the Ligurian coastal area, where there is the most important commercial harbor for the north of Italy. These highways are also very important for the connection with the south of France and for the connection with Spain, and connect eastern part of Europe with Iberian Peninsula.
The area involved is very big and difficult to control, it’s full of forest and mountains and it’s in the middle of 4 regions.
At the moment, the infected area is regarding only Piedmont with Alessandria province, and Liguria, with Genova and Savona provinces