GERMANY, Dresden. African swine fever is now also spreading in Saxony. An infected wild boar has been shot in the district of Görlitz.
On Saturday, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI) confirmed that a feral pig shot in the district of Görlitz on 27 October was infected with African swine fever (ASF). The female wild boar was killed during a hunt on the territory of the municipality of Krauschwitz. A fresh boar shot at the same time had tested negative. The site is located near the Polish border in Upper Lusatia.
Since 2014, there has been an active ASF outbreak in Poland, which has spread westwards. Since January, cases of ASF had already occurred in the immediate vicinity of the border with Germany. In January an electric fence was erected along the border between Saxony and Poland to protect against ASF spreading westwards from Eastern Europe. The Ministry of Social Affairs in Saxony informed that the strategy of the Free State of Saxony to test all feral pigs in the area close to the border with Poland for the presence of the disease has proven to be an early warning system. African swine fever is not dangerous for humans.
The most urgent measure to be taken now is to restrict or stop the spread of the disease in the wild boar population. "I appeal to pig farmers not to slacken in their efforts to protect domestic pigs and to consistently pursue biosecurity measures", said Saxony's Minister for Social Affairs Petra Köpping (SPD). "The task now is to react calmly and act collectively. We are well prepared for an emergency. In consultation with the district and the Bundeswehr, restriction zones are now being prepared around the site of the find, according to the Ministry of Social Affairs. In addition, a crisis unit of the Ministry of Social Affairs and the State Animal Disease Control Centre will be set up.
Following the confirmation of a first case of ASF in a wild boar in Brandenburg on 10 September 2020, there are now more than 100 confirmed cases of ASF in the three districts. The site in Saxony is about 50 km away from the ASF sites in Brandenburg.