ASF crisis in Germany is heading to the French border
Germany has reported last week a new outbreak on a pig farm in a region that is 500 kilometers away from the zones where the disease has been discovered so far. More warring is that the new outbreak is at 7 km from the French border. The national reference laboratory for ASF in Germany, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), reported on May 24 an outbreak on a domestic pig farm located in the southwest of the country, specifically in the municipality of Forchheim, in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg, an area considered disease-free until now. It is an organic production fattening operation, with a census of 35 pigs and which has double fencing. On the other hand, 140 foreign workers are employed in the area for agricultural activities and experts are blaming the human factor for this incident, as no wild boar has been reported infected with the disease in this region. From the beginning of the outbreak until May 26, 2022, Germany has reported a total of 3,756 outbreaks in wild boar (403 in 2020, 2,551 in 2021 and 802 so far in 2022), all of them located in the eastern part of the country, in the Federal States of Brandenburg, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, and five outbreaks (including the present one) in domestic pigs.
Control measures for culling the pigs and establishing protection and surveillance zones have been taken immediately by the German authorities. Likewise, in the surroundings of the farm, they are using trained dogs in the search for possible wild boars affected by the disease. Similarly, they have contacted the French authorities to inform them and coordinate the actions with them.
There is no danger to humans. Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease which, when it ...