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African swine fever: 13 positive wild boar in Brandenburg so far

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The National Reference Laboratory for African swine fever (ASF) at the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut has so far confirmed 13 cases of ASF in wild boar in Brandenburg. The first case on 10 September was detected in a carcass of a two to three year wild sow in the district of Spree-Neisse, the other 12 cases in wild boar were detected near the municipality of Neuzelle in the district of Oder-Spree and thus in the demarcated infected area designated by the Land Brandenburg. All of them were first tested positive in the responsible veterinary state laboratory in Berlin-Brandenburg and sample material was then sent to the National Reference Laboratory at FLI for clarification. 

In the light of the experience gained in other countries affected by ASF, it can be assumed that the epidemic is at an early stage. In addition, one of the wild boar was found sick and shot in the Oder-Spree district. This also indicates that the disease situation is still ongoing. It is to be expected that further cases will be added in the course of the intensified search for fall game. The search for fall game will be used to precisely locate the infected area and to remove the carcasses as sources of infection for further feral pigs.

Map: Confirmed cases of African swine fever in wild boar in the districts of Spree-Neisse and Oder-Spree in Brandenburg. The cases around the municipality of Neuzelle in the Oder-Spree district partly overlap. (© Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut)