The Main Aim

Swine influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease in pigs caused by influenza A viruses (swIAV) leading to considerable production losses. The intensification of pork production systems and free livestock movement across borders fosters the spread of the virus in Europe. New variants, some with zoonotic potential, constantly emerge. Despite the burdens caused by swine influenza, surveillance across Europe is scanty and fragmented. Disease awareness is low in some European countries, diagnostic protocols are not harmonized, most countries lack standardised procedures and vaccine coverage is inconsistent. Recent human pandemics have highlighted the zoonotic and reverse zoonotic potential of swine influenza and its risks for both animal and public health. An interdisciplinary experts’ network was therefore re-established to develop a comprehensive view of the disease and its impacts to better manage swine influenza in Europe. ESFLU’s aims are to:

Legend : ESFLU’s launch on the 7th November 2022 – Brussels, Belgium.

Legend : ESFLU’s first annual meeting in April 2023 – Barcelona, Spain.