Attitudes and Beliefs of Pig Farmers and Wild Boar Hunters Towards Reporting of African Swine Fever in Bulgaria, Germany and the Western Part of the Russian Federation

Vergne, T.; Guinat, C.; Petkova, P.; Gogin, A.; Kolbasov, D.; Blome, S.; Molia, S.; Ferreira, Jorge Manuel Pinto; Wieland, B.; Nathues, Heiko; Pfeiffer, D. U. (2014). Attitudes and Beliefs of Pig Farmers and Wild Boar Hunters Towards Reporting of African Swine Fever in Bulgaria, Germany and the Western Part of the Russian Federation. Transboundary and emerging diseases, 63(2), e194-204. Blackwell 10.1111/tbed.12254

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This study investigated the attitudes and beliefs of pig farmers and hunters in Germany, Bulgaria and the western part of the Russian Federation towards reporting suspected cases of African swine fever (ASF). Data were collected using a web-based questionnaire survey targeting pig farmers and hunters in these three study areas. Separate multivariable logistic regression models identified key variables associated with each of the three binary outcome variables whether or not farmers would immediately report suspected cases of ASF, whether or not hunters would submit samples from hunted wild boar for diagnostic testing and whether or not hunters would report wild boar carcasses. The results showed that farmers who would not immediately report suspected cases of ASF are more likely to believe that their reputation in the local community would be adversely affected if they were to report it, that they can control the outbreak themselves without the involvement of veterinary services and that laboratory confirmation would take too long. The modelling also indicated that hunters who did not usually submit samples of their harvested wild boar for ASF diagnosis, and hunters who did not report wild boar carcasses are more likely to justify their behaviour through a lack of awareness of the possibility of reporting. These findings emphasize the need to develop more effective communication strategies targeted at pig farmers and hunters about the disease, its epidemiology, consequences and control methods, to increase the likelihood of early reporting, especially in the Russian Federation where the virus circulates

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Swine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)

UniBE Contributor:

Ferreira, Jorge Manuel Pinto and Nathues, Heiko

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

1865-1682

Publisher:

Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Friederike Zeeh

Date Deposited:

03 Feb 2015 16:45

Last Modified:

26 Jun 2016 01:57

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/tbed.12254

PubMed ID:

25100620

Uncontrolled Keywords:

African swine fever, behaviour, farmers, hunters, reporting, surveillance

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.62513

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62513

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