It is feared that the disease will spread to Finland, for example with pork products that people bring in, animal transportation equipment or wild boars.
Should the disease spread to Finland, it would cause large economic losses for pig farms and the meat industry due to the destruction of animals, cleaning and disinfection of premises and interruption of international trade. African swine fever does not infect humans and it has never been found in Finland.
The virus responsible for the disease survives well in the environment and is highly contagious. The disease has been spread, for example by pig transport, using feed containing the virus to pigs, and by wild boars.Spreading is also possible through the animal or with equipments contaminated by the virus.