Germany faces long-term fight against ASF

Germany is facing a long-term battle to eradicate African swine fever (ASF) carried into the east of the country by wild animals, state and federal authorities said on 1 September.
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Germany's strategy to tackle the disease includes building fences along the Polish border to stop wild boar entering the country, increasing hunting of wild animals and stricter hygiene measures on farms. The disease has so far been contained in border regions with Poland.

"If the disease spreads further westwards, other German states could become ASF regions, with all consequences," said Guenther, who called for more financial support from the EU and federal government.

Uwe Feiler, the junior federal agriculture minister, said Germany had unsuccessfully urged Poland to build its own border fence.

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