MIL-OSI Translation: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut confirms: detection of African swine fever in domestic pigs in Lower Saxony and Brandenburg

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Source: Federal Ministry of Food and AgricultureReleased on Jul 02, 2022 in the format of press release no. 91/2022

Findings in the Emsland and Uckermark districts

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) reports that African swine fever (ASF) has been detected in two herds of domestic pigs in Lower Saxony and Brandenburg.

The national reference laboratory, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI), has confirmed the findings of the respective state laboratories in the corresponding samples and will now support the responsible authorities in investigating the entry route of the pathogen into the stocks on site. The competent local authorities have initiated appropriate protective measures and, among other things, defined protection and surveillance zones around the farms. BMEL therefore once again points out that biosecurity measures in the farms are an elementary factor to protect the pig population from the entry of the ASF virus and appeals Pig farmers to make sure again and again that these are reliably observed. The enforcement of animal health law and thus the implementation of animal disease control is the responsibility of the local authorities responsible under state law. The federal government supports the federal states via the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health (FLI) in diagnostics, outbreak investigation and control of the animal disease. Background African swine fever (ASF) is a severe viral infection that only affects pigs, i.e. wild and domestic pigs, and mostly for them is deadly. ASF is harmless to humans. On September 10, 2020, a first case of ASF was confirmed in a wild boar in Germany. Since then, ASF cases have been in Brandenburg (wild and domestic pigs) and in Saxony (wild boar) and in 2021 also in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (wild and domestic pigs). occurred. Baden-Württemberg last reported a case of ASF in a domestic pig herd in May 2022. Published on 02 Jul 2022 in press release format

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