Official title of the project

Technical Assistance for Control and Eradication of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and Rabies in Serbia

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Implementation period
2010. Jan - 2012. Jul
Expected results

Control, eradication and monitoring of rabies – through oral vaccination against rabies twice a year (spring and autumn) according to strategic operation multi-annual action plan. Through awareness campaign to inform public about rabies and inform target groups what to do in contact with rabid animals (eg. hunters) through promotional and informational material about disease. Control, eradication and monitoring of CSF including plan for non-vaccination eradication of CSF. Through awareness campaign to inform owners how to protect pigs from spreading CSF from feral to domestic pigs.


Veterinary Directorate -Ministry of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Water Management


Opera Scarl, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’ Abruzzo e del Molise (IZSAM), National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVE), Agriconsulting Europe SA (AESA)

Summary of the project

Project is a part of general program IPA project “West Balkan Program for control and eradication of Rabies and Classical Swine Fever”. It encompasses the setting up and execution of surveillance; coordination and exchange of information on the situation and evolution of CSF and Rabies program in Western Balkan countries, as well as regional and international cooperation between the involved national veterinary services. The project is funded by the European Union (EU) and is managed by the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia. It provides technical support to the Veterinary Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management (VD - MAFWM) in policy and strategy development and strengthening the capability of the veterinary services, including both, human and technical resources, to implement effective and efficient disease control and eradication measures for Classical swine fever (CSF) and rabies in Serbia in compliance with EU standards. The overall objective of the project is to improve the animal health in Serbia and surrounding countries in line with EU standards, thus improving the prospects for trade of agricultural products. The project propose is to eradicate, control and monitor rabies in foxes in Serbia, and to eradicate, control and monitor CSF in feral pig population as well as to prevent the spread of CSF from feral pig population to domestic pigs. Eradication of rabies will be treated through oral vaccination campaigns twice a year (spring and summer)during five consequent years. Through progressive control measures and monito

Programme/Project objectives

The project goal is to eradicate, control and monitor rabies in foxes and to eradicate, control and monitor CSF in feral pig population as well as to prevent the spread of CSF from feral pig population to domestic pigs in the Republic of Serbia. Project goal is also to confirm that oral vaccination is the most effective tool against rabies and that prevention is very important to protect public health, no matter that rabies in Serbia is under control. Rabies constitutes a potential threat for private individuals and it is important to know more about the disease so as to avoid dangers connected. According to control and eradication of classic swine fever, Serbia has to introduce new measures to fight against CSF in order to be in line with EU standards and to export pork meat to EU again, as that was in the past. Exporting pork meat to EU

Specific objectives

The strategic multi annual action plan for rabies foresees oral vaccination of foxes on the territory of Serbia. This vaccination is to be performed for a period of at least 5 consequent years started in the autumn of 2010 and continuing in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, twice per year in spring and autumn (May-June and September-October). The long-term objective is to eradicate the disease from Serbia and to maintain the disease free status of the country by all control measures, including vaccination in case of outbreaks, post-vaccination monitoring. Additionally, investigations to better understand the transmission dynamics and the role of different wildlife animals in Serbia are included as well as ways to prevent the introduction of rabies in disease free areas. This includes developing a pro-active surveillance programs and emergency preparedness plans. The strategic multi annual action plan for CSF aims to minimize the CSF threat and risk in feral and domestic pigs in Serbia,