ASF Germany: 9th farm confirmed infected


German authorities have reported a 9th pig farm to be infected with African Swine Fever. The virus was confirmed in a finishing farm in the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in the country’s north east.

The infected farm is located near the town Pasewalk, in the district Vorpommern-Greifswald, at just over 20 km from the border with Poland. Local authorities confirmed the finishing farm has about 3,500 animals on site, which will all be culled and disposed of properly. On Wednesday 2 animals would’ve been developing fever, whereas a third had died, the local news outlet NDR reported.  

No ASF infected wild boar in the surroundings

The infection was confirmed today by the German reference laboratory Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI). In a press release, the FLI stated that the exact origin of the infection is unclear. In the direct vicinity, according to the FLI, there is no ASF in wild boar. Allegedly, the virus has been discovered at a slaughter plant. 

Obviously the farm has been closed for transport. So far nothing has been communicated about the farm’s size. Later this afternoon, more details will become known about the outbreak. In the map below, the new outbreak has been added – it is the farm most north-west. The exact location is not known, which is why this marker has provisionally been placed in the centre of the district Vorpommern-Greifswald. 

The moment of the infection is remarkable. It has been over a year since the previous outbreak in domestic pigs was reported in Germany (February 2023). It is the 2nd outbreak on a farm in the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which is bordering Poland. The other outbreaks in domestic pigs were in Brandenburg (5), Baden-Württemberg (1) and Lower Saxony (1).

NDR quoted Till Backhaus, minister of agriculture of the state Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, who commented:

“There are currently many indications that we are dealing with a point entry, similar to what we experienced in November 2021, when the virus was first detected in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.”

Response to ASF by the local district

In a press release, the authorities in the Vorpommern-Greifswald district quoted veteriarian Dr Holger Vogel, the head of the district’s veterinary and food inspection office. He said,

“The district is taking the case very seriously and is working closely and in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture. The aim now is to contain the spread and prevent it if possible. Animal suffering and possible economic damage must also be minimised.”

According to European standards, the district has set up a 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone around the affected farm by general decree until further notice. There are another 3,500 animals in 67 farms in the protection and surveillance zones. Certain regulations apply to animal owners in these areas, such as the need to report dead animals immediately. Likewise, pigs may not be moved into or out of the protection zone.

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