Swine fever

Classic swine fever is a viral disease which is classified as an epizootic and which should be controlled by measures taken by authorities. The disease can have considerable economic consequences for pig production. In 2002, the Unit for Food and Health of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry commissioned the Department of Risk Assessment of the National Veterinary and Food Research Institute to undertake a risk assessment of the consequences of an eventual spread of swine fever in Finland. Models that simulated episodes related to the spread and discovery of classic swine fever were constructed to be used as a tool for the quantitative assessment of the consequences of a swine fever outbreak. Risk assessment was financed partly with funds from the Development Fund Agriculture and Forestry (MAKERA) and carried out in co-operation with MTT Agrifood Research Finland as a part of a project entitled “Health-related and Economic Consequences of Classic Swine Fever in Finland.” The project was completed and its final report issued in 2005.

Research group

Saara Raulo (Evira)
Tapani Lyytikäinen (Evira)
Jarkko Niemi (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
Kyösti Pietola (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)
Heikki Lehtonen (MTT Agrifood Research Finland)

Funding

The project was financed in part with funds from the Development Fund Agriculture and Forestry (MAKERA)

Project publications

Reports

Raulo, S. & Lyytikäinen, T. 2005. Klassisen sikaruton epideeminen taudinpurkaus Suomessa - Kvantitatiivinen riskinarviointi [An epidemic outbreak of classic swine fever in Finland – a quantitative risk assessment ]. EELA’s reports 06/2005.
Niemi, J.K., Lehtonen, H., Pietola, K., Raulo, S. & Lyytikäinen, T. 2005. Klassisen sikaruton taloudelliset vaikutukset. Maa- ja Elintarviketalous 74.