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Another ASF case reported on a German farm

Hygiene & Biosecurity

Another case of African swine fever (ASF) has been confirmed in farm pigs in east Germany, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said this week.

Posted on Nov 16 ,06:26

Another ASF case reported on a German farm

Germany reported an ASF outbreak on a pig farm in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a region considered to be free of the disease so far. "The national reference laboratory - the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) - has today detected the animal disease in corresponding samples and will now also investigate the cause of the pathogen's entry into the herd," announced the German Ministry of Agriculture on Monday.
After the number of fattening pigs died on the farm in the Rostock region, samples were sent to the FLI for investigation, which confirmed the suspicion. Now the measures of the Swine Fever Ordinance are taking effect in the responsibility of the federal states: Among other things, the responsible authority on site must now order that all animals in the herd are killed and harmlessly disposed of.

So far there have been no cases of ASF in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania - neither in wild boars nor in domestic pigs. ASF cases had occurred in Brandenburg (wild and domestic pigs) and in Saxony (wild pigs) since September 2020. "Bio-safety is the most important factor to protect the pig herds from the entry of the ASF pathogen. The enforcement of the animal disease law and thus the implementation of animal disease control is the responsibility of the authorities responsible under state law," officials added. A continuous spreading of the disease to other farms and other regions in Germany may be a disaster for the swine industry in the country. Germany is the second-largest producer of pork in the EU and although has lost access to many third markets due to the outbreak reported in wild boars in September 2020 is still providing an important volume of pig meat in the EU single market.

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