13 ASF cases confirmed in Germany
13 cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in Germany, so far, and this is just the early stage of the outbreak, according to scientists from the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI). According to them, this is just the beginning of an ongoing outbreak. Their conclusion is based on the fact that another 8 cases have been found in the last couple of days, one being a wild boar shot by a hunter in near the municipality of Neuzelle in the district of Oder-Spree. All of the animals first tested positive in the responsible veterinary state laboratory in Berlin-Brandenburg, then sample material was sent to the National Reference Laboratory at FLI for confirmation.
Based on previous experiences in the countries that have been hit by ASF, the outbreak it's going to spread further in the following weeks and months with a high risk of reaching industrial farms in the country. There are 17 pig farms in the infected area and the authorities decided to slaughter all pigs before the virus reaches to these units. Electrical fences have also been built to contain the virus in a designated area but the measure didn't prove to be effective.
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