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More wild boar test positive for ASF in Brandenburg state

15th Sep 2020 / By Alistair Driver

Five more wild boar in the German state of Brandenburg have tested positive for African swine fever (ASF). 

wild boar 5The development, while unwelcome, is not unexpected, particularly given the fact that the carcase of the original wild boar that tested positive in the area last week was decaying and had probably been there for a fortnight before it was discovered in a harvested field. 

Brandenburg state health minister Ursula Nonnemacher told a committee of the state’s parliament that the five news cases were found in dead wild boar close to the site of the first case, just 6km from the Polidsh border. 

Initial tests were positive and tests are underway to confirm the additional cases at Germany’s Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute, she told the meeting, Reuters reports.

On its website, the Brandenburg Government said measures to combat ASF were ‘consistently implemented in the state of Brandenburg’.

“After all farmers and hunters have been informed of the situation and the core zone with a radius of at least three kilometers from where the infected wild boar carcass was found was completely fenced off with an electric fence on Saturday, the search for further dead wild boars is being carried out in a targeted manner. Outside of this, the hunting of wild boar is significantly intensified,” it said today.

Measures in place

Restriction zones have been put in place around the infected area, including a core zone encompassing a radius of about 3 kilometres around the infected site, secured with an electric fence and with entry and harvest bans.

A second zone, the ‘endangered area’ has been set up with a 15km radius, with a further 30km buffer zone around it.

Specific measures in the endangered area to reduce further spread include:

  • A hunting ban for all animal species in order to prevent unnecessarily startling potentially infected wild boar
  • An intensive game search by trained staff and with the participation of local hunters
  • Rescue and safe disposal of all wild boar carcases under hygienic conditions, with collection points for fallen game and accident game set up on site
  • A review of pig farms with regard to compliance with biosecurity measures
  • Examination of provisional usage restrictions for agricultural and forestry areas (harvest ban for maize fields)
  • Prohibition of events with pigs
  • Identification of hunters who are also pig farmers
  • Information and training for hunters
  • Establishment of a core zone in the endangered area and its demarcation.