Greece’s Agricultural Development and Food Minister, Makis Voridis held an emergency meeting on Wednesday after the detection of the first case of African swine disease at a small family business in the region of Serres, Northeastern Greece.
Minister Voridis held a meeting with the Deputy Minister, the Secretary General and other officials, and decided that an emergency plan will be implemented immediately.
The particular case was confirmed by the Athens Veterinary Centre, noting that African swine disease is highly contagious among pigs but does not harm humans.
Measures announced effective immediately include a ban on the export of all swine products including meat, food, sperm and eggs, utensils and other related waste from the Serres prefecture. Serres prefecture veterinarian centres, police, port and government authorities have been placed on alert.