Please read our recent post re swine fever in Germany:
So German hunters have to kill 90,000 wild boar to protect the German pig industry from being hit. Any excuse for a good kill one could say !
Spread of swine fever raises alarm in Europe
Germany and others are going to extraordinary measures to protect their prized pork.
By Simon Marks
9/3/18, 6:45 PM CET
Updated 9/11/18, 5:38 AM CET
As African swine fever spreads, European countries — especially Germany — are afraid of the damage that could be caused to their farming sectors.
The deadly disease — which causes internal bleeding and hemorrhages in pigs — is moving quickly through Eastern Europe, typically through wild boar, which travel long distances and can infect domestic pigs being bred on commercial farms.
In response, countries like Germany, the EU’s largest pork producer, are stepping up efforts to protect their pig populations, some going so far as to consider building border walls to keep boars out.
Over the summer, Romania recorded nearly 800 outbreaks of swine fever, including one last week that resulted in the culling of 140,000 animals. The epidemic has rocked the government, with Agriculture Minister Petre Daea holding talks with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on Monday about how to contain the escalating situation.
Liviu Dragnea, the leader of Romania’s ruling Social Democratic Party, urged the government over the weekend to step up its efforts to curb the spread of the disease, and the country’s former Prime Minister Dacian Cioloş gave a strongly worded press conference on Sunday where he accused the government of aggravating the spread of the disease through its inaction.
Adding to the sense of urgency on the matter, Bulgaria on Friday announced its first African swine fever outbreak, at a farm located close to the border with Romania.
So far outbreaks of African swine fever have been confirmed in nine EU countries, affecting Estonia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania the worst. Outbreaks have also been confirmed in Russia, Ukraine and Moldova. China, the world’s biggest pig producer, has also recently been hit by the disease.
Germany, which is home to massive pig farms in the east of the country, is becoming increasingly concerned about how countries in the east are dealing with the outbreak. The confirmation of just one case of the disease in Germany could put at risk the roughly 250,000 tons of pork meat that’s exported every year to non-EU countries, according to Verena Schütz, head of the meat livestock sector for the German Raiffeisen Federation, which represents agricultural cooperatives.
The German agriculture ministry has gone to extraordinary measures to keep the disease at bay by collaborating with officials in the Czech Republic, Poland and farther afield. As part of these efforts, Germany has dispatched experts abroad, carried out simulation exercises on containment and given lectures to other governments, advising them on how best to stop the disease from spreading.
Humans are suspected to have caused the recent spread to Belgium, where eight cases were confirmed, as of September 25, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
A total of 72 pigs have purportedly died in another outbreak of African swine fever in China, according to reports.
The outbreak is believed to have occurred in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning – which Reuters says is the fourth reported incident this week in the province.
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Friday that 72 pigs had died in another outbreak of African swine fever in the country’s northeastern province of Liaoning, the fourth reported in the province this week.
The highly contagious fever was detected on a farm in the city of Anshan with 120 pigs, of which 88 were infected, according to a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs.
Common plants such as cabbage, cauliflower and rapeseed could hold the key to stopping the spread of the deadly African swine fever virus threatening pork production around the world, according to research by a major Chinese government laboratory.
China has about 700 million pigs, half the world’s swine population, and reported its first outbreak in Shenyang, Liaoning province, last month, prompting authorities to order tens of thousands of pigs to be culled.
The authorities have tried to contain the virus by banning the transport of live hogs and pig products from 16 provinces and regions, shutting live markets and prohibiting the use of feed derived from pig blood.
But China was still struggling to stop the spread, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday.
Below – Chinese factory farm pollution.