Germany reports another case of African swine fever

The case was on a farm in Rostock
calendar icon 16 November 2021
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The farm is located in the eastern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, next to Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said on Monday. There had been no previous cases in that region in either farm animal or wild boar.

The first case of ASF was confirmed on 10 September 2020 in a wild boar cadaver in the rural district of Spree-Neiße. On the same day, Federal Minister Julia Klöckner informed about the first case after the national reference laboratory, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, had tested a corresponding sample positive for the ASF virus.

On 15 July 2021, the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut confirmed that the first case of the virus in domestic pigs had been detected.

Most of the cases occurred in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony.

In September, Germany was in talks with China, discussing the end of a ban on German pork. Talks were difficult, especially as cases of African swine fever surfaced across the country.

China and a number of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after Germany's first ASF case.

As more cases surface, lifting the export ban on German pork will likely become more difficult.


Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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