This is an European Union supported research project


This Project is developed under the 7th Framework Programme


Welcome to the European Community's research project:
"Evaluating and controlling the risk of African swine fever in the EU" (ASFRISK)
7th Framework Programme
Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, and Biotechnology
KBBE- 2007-1-3-05
Grant Agreement nº 211691
Starting date: April 2008
Duration: 42 months

Coordinating Institution: Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FMV-UTL)

Coordinator: Prof. Carlos Martins

Welcome to the ASFRISK Project

African swine fever is one of the most threatening diseases for pig husbandry worldwide. The disease in EU member states is currently confined to Italy (Sardinia), it was recently introduced to Caucasian regions and it is highly prevalent in sub-Saharan African countries. Since ASF regularly occurs and re-occurs in countries around the EU, it represents a permanent threat for the member countries.

The ASFRISK project will provide new tools and strategies for the control of ASF in Africa and reduce the risk of importation and/or spread of the disease in EU member states through the development of research in four main areas:

  • Epidemiology, risk assessment and control strategies

  • Development and validation of sensitive diagnostic techniques, including pen-side tests, with the existing field viruses

  • Host-pathogen interactions and viral immune response in view of the development of a vaccine

  • Training and Technology Transfer

Recent Events
A course on African swine fever diagnosis was developed by UCM and CISA-INIA in collaboration with OIE on CD format and it is available at This comprehensive course includes theoretical lessons and practical videos on clinical and laboratory diagnosis of ASF. This CD (so far edited in English, Russian and Spanish) was spread within the ASFRISK beneficiaries and also to representatives of different countries attending the different courses organized by the project, and to others through UCM, CIRAD and CISA- INIA networks of collaboration.


The ASFRISK Symposium, organized by the Coordinator Partner (Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (FMV-UTL) was held in Lisbon at the Centro Cultural de Belém, at the end of the project on September 23rd, 2011.