Five new cases of African swine fever were found in German boars on Tuesday, September 15, authorities said, raising concerns of a prolonged economic hit to a meat industry already battered by the coronavirus.
Regional authorities in the eastern state of Brandenburg said tests showed that 4 dead boars and 1 sick one – which was put down – were infected with the virus.
African swine fever is deadly among wild boars and domestic pigs, but not harmful to humans.
All 5 boars were found in Neuzelle, near the Germany-Poland border, less than a week after Germany’s first case was confirmed nearby in another wild boar.
The new cases are another setback for Germany’s pork industry, already battered by a string of coronavirus outbreaks in abattoirs that led to temporary shutdowns.
Confirmation of swine fever in Germany means its pork can temporarily no longer be certified for export to non-European Union nations, although sales to other EU nations may continue.
Billions of euros could be lost if suspensions continue in the export-dependent industry, according to the German Farmers’ Association.
Germany is Europe’s largest producer of pork, slaughtering more than 55 million pigs in 2019 according to official statistics. – Rappler.com