Suspected African swine fever confirmed

Forest, over dts
Forest, over dts
The first official suspected case of African swine fever in Germany has been confirmed.

Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner (CDU) announced this on Thursday morning in Berlin. Accordingly, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute, as the national reference laboratory, detected the virus in a wild boar carcass that was found a few kilometers from the German-Polish border in the Brandenburg Spree-Neisse district.

Klöckner made it clear that the virus is harmless to humans. In domestic pigs and wild pigs, on the other hand, the virus is usually fatal. In particular, the economic impact of animal disease can be enormous. For example, if it spreads further, pork exports could be banned.