SHIC Closely Observing ASF Outbreak in Germany

Confirmation of African swine fever (ASF) on three farms in eastern Germany, where restriction zones already exist, was widely reported in industry press the week of July 12, 2021. The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) confirmed the diagnoses.  The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) continues to monitor the situation and will have detailed information in the August Global Swine Disease Monitoring Report to be published in the Center’s newsletter on August 4, 2021. All three affected farms are near the border with Poland.

Per press reports, the largest farm had 200 pigs and all were culled after the diagnosis. This was an organic farm and sows were able to be outdoors, therefore assumed to be at greater risk of contracting ASF due to the virus’s prevalence in wild boar. The second and third locations had two pigs and four pigs respectively.

These are the first cases of ASF in domestic pigs in Germany, however, it has been prevalent in wild board in the nation near neighboring Poland. German agricultural officials have responded to the outbreak with pleas for continued strict biosecurity and diligence.

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