African Swine Fever Edges Closer to Germany

02:59PM Nov 22, 2019
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A number of cases of African swine fever (ASF) have recently been confirmed in wild boars in the Lubuskie province in western Poland. 

Intensive searches of the contaminated area and neighboring areas have been underway to analyze the epizootic situation and to plan the location of the construction of a second external fence, Polsat News reports.

These teams made up of foresters, hunters, firefighters and farmers discovered more than 20 wild pigs dead from ASF. The carcasses were found about 50 miles from the border with Germany and its neighboring Brandenburg state, the Pork Checkoff Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin reports.

The leap of ASF is alarming. Human travel is suspected to be the cause by which the virus has moved westward so quickly, the bulletin says. ASF was present in wild boars in the area around the capital of Warsaw and to the east prior to this discovery. A few cases were also circulating in the eastern part of Poland.

The German Association of Pig Farmers says the news from Poland is worrisome, the bulletin reports. The association urges farmers not to panic and to continue to implement consistent biosecurity measures so that Germany continues to be spared from ASF.

ASF is a deadly disease of both wild and domestic pigs. It does not affect humans and poses no risk to food safety. However, the disease is causing major disruption of the global animal protein market. For more information about the spread of ASF, visit www.porkbusiness.com/ASF.

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