African swine fever spreads near the German border: OIE


Reporting by Sybille de La Hamaide and in Paris and Michael Hogan in Hamburg; editing by David Evans, Reuters

January 9, 2020


PARIS (Reuters) - Poland recorded 55 outbreaks of African swine fever in wild boar near the German border last month, the world animal health body said on Thursday, in a sign the deadly virus is spreading near one of the European Union’s biggest pork exporters.


A report posted on the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) website showed that the disease, which has devastated herds in the world’s top pork producer China, had now been found in a village less than 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) from Germany.


African swine fever is harmless to humans but highly deadly in boars and pigs. It originated in Africa before spreading to Europe and Asia and has already killed hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets.


Germany’s government said early December it was stepping up measures to prevent an outbreak of African swine fever after a case was discovered in Poland close to its border.


A majority of the outbreaks reported by the Polish farm ministry to the OIE were discovered...


... Authorities in German states bordering Poland have built fences...