GERMANY, Potsdam. African swine fever has now been detected in a wild boar outside the risk area. The official confirmation is still pending.
In Brandenburg there may have been the first case of African swine fever (ASF) outside the original core area. According to media reports, the Brandenburg State Laboratory detected the infection in a dead wild boar found near the town of Bleyen in the district of Märkisch-Oderland yesterday afternoon.
The site is located about 60 km north of the first danger area, but also in the immediate vicinity of the German-Polish border. The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) has yet to confirm the findings of the state laboratory. As a precautionary measure, however, a crisis management team was set up in the affected district yesterday evening.
Meanwhile, new cases of the animal epidemic are being reported even across the border. Last week alone, the Polish Supreme Veterinary Authority confirmed 50 new findings of dead wild boars in which African swine fever was detected. Again five reports were in the West Polish voivodeship Lebus. One concerned the municipality Lubsko in the district Żarski, only 20 km away from the German-Polish border.