Germany confirms African swine fever in finishing pigs in new location
16th Nov 2021 / By Alistair Driver
African swine fever (ASF) has been detected in domestic pigs in a new part of Germany, in a serious blow to the counrty's pig sector.
The virus has been found in a fattening pig unit for the first time in the north-eastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the Rostock region, Germany's Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) has confirmed.
All previous cases had been confined to two states near the Polish border – Brandenburg and Saxony, with the vast majority of cases, now more than 2,000, in wild boar. Three cases were found in smallholdings in Brandenburg in July.
This new case represents a big leap and worrying leap westwards for the virus, delivering a major setback to Germany's efforts to regain disease-free status.
The source of the outbreak is not yet known. Control measures have been put in place by the local authorities, including the removal of all animals on the farm.
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