Swine fever outbreak: In Poland almost 24,000 domestic pigs have to be culled


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After the outbreak of African swine fever (ASP) in a breeding farm in western Poland, just under 24,000 domestic pigs have to be culled. The animal disease was detected in a farm in the Lubusz Voivodeship, the main veterinary office said in Warsaw on Monday, according to the German Press Agency.

The place is a good 78 kilometers east of Guben. The focus of the company was the production of piglets, there were no fattening pigs there. According to the information, it is the first documented Outbreak of ASP in domestic pigs this year.

Protective fences already built in Germany

Since mid-November in the Lubusz Voivodeship near the German-Polish border, many have been infected with the virus infected wild boar carcasses found been. According to the main veterinary office, ASP was detected in 146 wild boars in the Nowasolski district alone. At the end of January, there was a case in western Poland just twelve kilometers from the border with Germany. Brandenburg and Saxony have already put up protective fences because of the cases near the border.

The Federal Ministry of Agriculture does not assume that the disease can be brought into Germany from the farm concerned. EU law prohibits the transportation of pigs and the trade in pork and pork products during the epidemic.

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