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German Authorities Confirmed The First Case Of ASF Infection In Brandenburg

German Authorities Confirmed The First Case Of ASF Infection In Brandenburg

The first case of African swine fever (ASF) infection was detected in Brandenburg, near the border with Poland, according to the Minister of Food and Agriculture of Germany Julia Klöckner. DPA quoted Her words.

"Unfortunately, the suspicions were confirmed," Kleckner said. The disease, she said, was found in a dead boar in Brandenburg. However, this situation, as indicated by the DPA, is of great concern to residents.

In January, the authorities of the state of Saxony, following Brandenburg, decided to erect a barrier on the entire border with Poland as a barrier to the penetration of wild boars into Germany, which can carry the infection of African swine fever. At that time, no cases of this disease were reported in Germany in cattle. At the same time, according to German experts, there is a hotbed of ASF virus in the West of Poland.

African swine fever is an infectious disease with an incubation period of up to two weeks. Its carriers are infected or already recovered animals. As a rule, the virus enters the body through food, skin wounds, mucous membranes, and insect bites. No cases of human infection with this infection have been registered, but scientists do not exclude the risk of the disease, since the virus develops unpredictably, and the number of its varieties may increase.

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