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African Swine Flu warn­ing is­sued

- Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Health Conditions · Infectious Diseases · Germany · Ireland · Poland · European Union · Irish Department of Agriculture and Food · Nysa

A WARN­ING has been is­sued to farm­ers af­ter African Swine Fever (ASF) was iden­ti­fied in Ger­many for the first time.

The Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Marine stated that ASF, a deadly dis­ease of pigs and wild boars, was con­firmed on Septem­ber 10 in the eastern area of Spree-Neisse within a few kilo­me­tres of the Pol­ish bor­der.

The virus is highly fa­tal for pigs and wild boar, how­ever, ASF does not af­fect hu­mans and poses no food safety risk.

The Depart­ment con­firmed that there has been no im­por­ta­tion of live pigs from Ger­many into Ire­land this year to date. It also said the in­fec­tion was iden­ti­fied in a sin­gle wild boar and so far there have been no re­ports of the dis­ease in do­mes­tic pigs in Ger­many

ASF first en­tered Poland in 2014 and has been spread­ing in the wild boar pop­u­la­tion in the west­ern part of the coun­try since Novem­ber of last year. EU leg­is­la­tion con­trols the move­ment of pigs and pig prod­ucts from ar­eas af­fected by ASF in Poland.

Wild boar have played a role in the spread of the dis­ease in main­land Europe through their nat­u­ral move­ments and in­ter­ac­tions. While Ire­land does not have a sus­tain­able wild boar pop­u­la­tion, the virus can also be spread through other ways in­clud­ing con­tact with in­fected live pigs, con­tam­i­nated cloth­ing, footwear, ve­hi­cles and equip­ment and the con­sump­tion of in­fected food waste by pigs.

The Depart­ment urged pig own­ers to en­sure ro­bust biose­cu­rity mea­sures are im­ple­mented on their farms, to pre­vent pigs from ac­cess­ing food waste and to en­sure that pigs do not come into con­tact with con­tam­i­nated cloth­ing, ve­hi­cles, footwear or equip­ment orig­i­nat­ing in ASF af­fected ar­eas of the world.

The Depart­ment also re­minded all trav­ellers to avoid bring­ing back any pork or pork prod­ucts from ar­eas af­fected with ASF.

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