Germany confirms the first case of ASF in wild boars
A wild boar carcass found a few kilometres from the German-Polish border in the district of Spree-Neisse, stirring worries for the entire German swine sector. In a press conference, Agriculture Minister Julia Klockner confirmed the ASF case in Germany and informed about the further procedure. She is aware of the concerns of the pig farmers and the crisis management team of the region is discussing how to proceed. All three samples of the pig confirmed the infection, now it is necessary to estimate how many infected animals there are and how large the affected region is.
Klöckner went on to say that they are in talks with third countries about regionalization of the restricted areas. The point is not to make quick decisions, but to get an overview. When asked, Klockner confirmed that they were in talks with China. The giant Asian market is also the main importer of German pork and, if the virus reaches industrial farms in the country, the whole European market could be impacted.
A scenario in which Germany was supposed to be hit by the ASF virus was put on the paper since 20...