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US News Minister convenes a conference on African swine fever

15:30  12 october  2020
15:30  12 october  2020 Source:   de.starsinsider.com

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African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious haemorrhagic viral disease of domestic and wild pigs, which is responsible for serious economic and production losses. It is caused by a large DNA virus of the Asfarviridae family, which also infects ticks of the genus Ornithodoros. Although signs of ASF and

African Swine Fever (ASF) is an important contagious haemorrhagic viral disease affecting swine whose notification is mandatory due to its high mortality rates and the great sanitary and socioeconomic impact it has on international trade in animal and swine products. This disease only affects porcine

Agriculture Minister Till Backhaus (SPD) has called a conference on African swine fever (ASP) in Schwerin for Tuesday. In talks with around 30 representatives from the districts, institutions and associations such as the farmers' association, the minister wants to ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an outbreak. Measures and procedures should be discussed and coordinated in a large group.

Till Backhaus (SPD), Agrarminister von Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, nimmt an einer Bundestagssitzung teil. © Kay Nietfeld / dpa / Archivbild Till Backhaus (SPD), Agriculture Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, takes part in a session of the Bundestag.

For more than ten years, the animal disease, which is harmless to humans, has moved west from China, Vietnam and Mongolia and reached Germany in September. According to the Friedrich Loeffler Institute on the Riems near Greifswald, 55 infected wild boars have so far been detected in Brandenburg (as of 10.10.2020). In addition, researchers discovered a pack of several dozen dead or sick animals on the inaccessible island of the Oder near Küstrin-Kietz, but so far no one has gone there for testing. In Poland there have been 3345 infected animals since the beginning of the year, in Hungary 3569.

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African swine fever virus (ASFV) is a large, double-stranded DNA virus in the Asfarviridae family. It is the causative agent of African swine fever (ASF). The virus causes a hemorrhagic fever with high mortality rates in domestic pigs

Domestic pigs and wild pigs almost always die when they become infected with the pathogen. While leather ticks are responsible for the spread of the virus in Africa, in Europe it is blood and body fluids. Above all, however, scientists are convinced that humans ensure that the pathogen is carried over great distances - for example via the dirt in shoe and tire treads or food thrown away from the meat of infected animals.

In the event of an epidemic, huge economic losses are feared. Pork prices have already fallen because countries have stopped imports from Germany. According to the Agriculture Ministry in Schwerin, pig farmers in an area with infected wild boars are still allowed to bring pigs to be slaughtered. The prerequisite is that the animals have been kept on the farm for a certain time, no pigs from endangered farms have been stabled and the animals for slaughter are examined prior to transport.

According to the Hybridschweinezuchtverband Nord / Ost, most pigs in East Germany are slaughtered in the Tönnies slaughterhouse in Weißenfels (Saxony-Anhalt). According to the ministry, 31 pig slaughterhouses are permitted in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, which slaughtered 28,000 animals in the previous year. However, according to the statistical office, more than 811,000 pigs were kept in the country.

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