In Germany, cases of African swine fever occurred in domestic pigs in Brandenburg for the first time.
The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) demonstrated this on Thursday, as announced by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Until now, swine fever in Germany only occurred in wild boars.
The pigs that tested positive come from an organic farm in the Spree-Neisse district and a small farm in the Märkisch-Oderland district. This means that the cases of domestic pigs are also in the districts near the Polish border that have already been affected by African swine fever in wild boars.
Protection and surveillance zones are now to be set up around the farms affected.
African swine fever is safe for humans, the ministry said. It cannot be transmitted to humans through the consumption of pork or contact with animals.
It is a serious viral infection that only affects pigs – both wild and domestic pigs – and is usually fatal for them.