October 25, 2021

 

ASF confirmed in wild boar in Meissen, Germany

 

  

African swine fever (ASF) was found in a wild boar hunted this month in the district of Meissen, Germany, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute confirmed on October 13.

 

This is the first evidence of ASF outside the district of Görlitz in the state of Saxony.

 

The wild boar was hunted east of the federal highway A 13 near Radeburg and was surrendered to veterinary authorities. As a result, a local crisis center has been set up and is working closely with the animal disease control center.

 

The positive finding has been made within the framework of Saxony's ASF surveillance programme, according to which all hunted wild boar must be tested for ASF. This early warning system, which was introduced in April 2020 in the districts of Görlitz and Bautzen, was extended to the districts of Meissen, Saxon Switzerland-Eastern Iron Mountains and the state capital Dresden on September 22, 2021.

 

Currently, 549 ASF cases have been confirmed in wild boars in Saxony.

 

- Saxony, Germany