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Germany: measures to fight CSF in wild boar

The German state of North Rhine Westphalia has stepped up its measures to fight Classical Swine Fever (CSF) as the disease continues to be present in wild boar.

Recently a renewed outbreak was discovered in about 15 wild boar the Euskirchen district, causing the state's minister for consumer protection Eckhard Uhlenberg to introduce several strict measures:

• a one-off vaccination for wild boar

• extended permission to shoot wild boar

• a reduction of excessive feeding

Threat


CSF poses a real threat as disease could spread into commercially held pig herds. This spring a CSF outbreak caused German producers to cull over 120,000 animals, costing about €22 million.

In the neighbouring state of Lower Saxony wildlife rangers have been warned as well.

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