July 4, 2022

 

Two African swine fever cases detected in Germany


 

Germany's Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture said two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) were detected among farm hogs in in the western state of Lower Saxony and eastern state of Brandenburg, Channel News Asia reported.

 

At the farm in in Emsland, Lower Saxony, 280 swine and 1,500 will be culled. The area is a key swine farming region in the country.

 

China and other pork purchases banned German pork imports in September 2020 following the discovery of ASF among wild hogs there. Analysts say ASF detected in farms will make it difficult to lift export bans.

 

More than 2,000 wild animal cases have been reported in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony, which are thought to have been introduced by wild boar from Poland.

 

By controlling the wild boar population, the German government has been attempting to contain and eradicate ASF in the east. Containment has proven challenging due to the large number of wild boar roaming the nation over considerable distances.

 

Another ASF case was discovered in May on a farm in the Baden-Wuerttemberg region of southern Germany.

 

-      Channel News Asia

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