African swine fever: first case detected in Saxony



Dresden / Görlitz – It was just a matter of time! After Brandenburg, a case of African swine fever has now also been detected in Saxony. The animal disease, which is harmless to humans, has been confirmed in a wild boar shot in the district of Görlitz.

The female animal was shot on October 27 and was examined two days later at the state investigation center. On Saturday, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute confirmed that the animal was infected. A newborn shot at the same time had tested negative.

A crisis team of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Animal Disease Control Center will be set up. The establishment of the restriction zones is being prepared in consultation with the district and the Bundeswehr. “I appeal to the pig farmers not to let up in their efforts to protect the domestic pigs and to consistently pursue biosecurity measures,” said Saxony’s Minister of Social Affairs Petra Köpping (62, SPD).

The first nationwide occurrence of the disease in wild boar was reported on September 10, only around 50 kilometers away from the Saxon border in Brandenburg.

According to the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, 117 cases of wild boar are now official there. The domestic pig populations in Germany are still free from African swine fever. The state is trying to get the epidemic under control with fences, search dogs and drones. The animals usually die within a few days.

The infected wild boar was found near the Polish border in Upper Lusatia. The animal disease is harmless to humans. However, a proven epidemic has serious consequences for the pig farms. There are rigid export restrictions. More than 3,000 farmers in Saxony keep a total of around 669,000 pigs.

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