Fears about swine fever in Germany are growing as the disease spreads to more farm animals.
Fears about African swine fever (ASF) are growing in Germany, following the discovery of the highly infectious disease in more farmed pigs.
The news comes just days after it was discovered that the disease has spread to farm animals after being confirmed in wild pigs. According to German authorities, four more domestic pigs tested positive for ASF in the eastern state of Brandenburg. Two farms in the area were found to have cases of the fever last week, according to reports.
Both farms are located near to the country’s Polish border.
As a result of the latest announcement, three Brandenburg farms are now afflicted with swine fever, which can kill an animal within a week of infection.
Two fattening pigs had to be put down, and two sick animals had to be put down as well.
Because the virus appears to be localized inside one region of Germany, a spokeswoman for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture stated on Saturday that trading of live pigs and meat within the EU would continue.
The EU has agreed to allow the export of pork from German states that are not impacted by ASF to continue.
It comes after Germany’s pig meat imports were restricted by a number of nations outside the EU.
China, South Korea, and Japan were among the countries that halted the entry of pork batches.
Regionalisation – export from disease-free areas – has been established with nations such as Vietnam, Singapore, and Canada, according to the ministry’s spokesman.
Despite the outbreak in Brandenburg, she argued, trading between these three nations should be doable in principle.
She did warn, though, that more non-EU countries might quickly implement bans on pork from the country.
“While safe trade in pig and pork products is still guaranteed,” she said, “it is not ruled out that third countries may impose additional trade restrictions given the current situation.”
At their meeting earlier today, EU agriculture ministers were due to discuss ASF outbreaks.
It’s yet unclear how the epidemic would effect pork prices in Germany.
The slaughter price for pigs was roughly €1.20 per kilogram at the start of the year, according to ministry estimates.
By June, it had risen to about €1.60, and it was last recorded at roughly €1.50.
Humans are not at risk, but pigs can die from the sickness.
The sickness is highly contagious. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”