AVP season 2022 seems to have started

08-06 | |
The border fence just south of Guben, Germany. In the background is the Neisse river, 1 of the 2 rivers separating Germany from Poland. - Photo: Kees van Dooren & Vincent ter Beek
The border fence just south of Guben, Germany. In the background is the Neisse river, 1 of the 2 rivers separating Germany from Poland. - Photo: Kees van Dooren & Vincent ter Beek

AVP starts to appear at Polish pig farms now that summer is approaching. The virus is found less among wild boar.

The Polish Veterinary Service reports the first case of African Swine Fever (ASF) on a pig farm in 2022. The closed farm with almost 2,000 pigs is located in Boguszyn, close to the border with the Czech Republic. The pigs have been culled in accordance with European guidelines.

Farm in Krzywiń

A second farm in Poland also seems to be infected. This farm had 80 pigs and is located in Krzywiń. The second ASF case has not yet been confirmed by the veterinary service, but the animals have already been culled.

Wild boar closer to pig farms

The summer months are traditionally the time when ASF strikes on Polish pig farms. The ‘AVP season 2022’ therefore seems to have started for the Polish pig farming sector. As soon as the crops reach a certain height, wild boars entrench themselves in it and are thus closer to the pig farms. The AVP risk for farms remains extra high until the harvest is in.

Germany finds infected wild boar

In the east of of Germany, ASF keeps coming up among wild boars. The authorities there say that ASF has been detected in several wild boar carcasses in Saxony. The carcasses are from shot wild boar as well as from boar that had been dead for some time. The finds were made close to the border with the federal state of Brandenburg. Brandenburg therefore has reacted with concern to the ASF cases in neighbouring Saxony state.

In Brandenburg, the AVP problems started in Germany itself. In large parts of the state, ASF has not been detected for a while. Crisis leader Anna Heyer-Stuffer would like to keep it that way.

No new finds in southern Germany

In eastern Germany, almost 4,000 ASF cases have been detected in wild boar since the first case in September 2020. In the southern state of Baden-Württemberg, a pig farm became infected with ASF. Here, the virus has not yet been detected in wild boar.

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