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African swine fever. Restrictions for pig farmers in the Emsland district

African swine fever
Restrictions for pig farmers in the Emsland district

Pigs are waiting to be transported to the slaughterhouse in a trailer. Photo: Lars Klemmer/dpa/archive image

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To protect against the spread of African swine fever, the Emsland region has issued restrictions on pig farms. It comes into effect on Tuesday (July 5), the press secretary announced on Monday. The goal is to protect pig farms of the district and region from animal diseases.

To protect against the spread of African swine fever, the Emsland region has issued restrictions on pig farms. It comes into effect on Tuesday (July 5), the press secretary announced on Monday. The goal is to protect pig farms of the district and region from animal diseases.

A so-called protective zone will be established around the affected facility in Amsburen with a radius of three kilometers. The area with a radius of ten kilometers around the company is considered a control zone. About 182 farms in the Emsland district with almost 131,000 cattle and another 70 farms in the Benheim region with about 63,000 pigs were affected by the restrictions, according to the county.

In both prohibited areas, pigs are required to stop and transportation and transportation of pigs is prohibited. “Animals, meat and meat products, as well as liquid manure, including manure and garbage, cannot be brought from the stock of this zone,” said the district. Stricter rules apply to the protection zone than to the control zone. Exceptions for certain events are possible from July 11, the message says.

Over the weekend, African swine fever was discovered at a company in Emsburen, Emsland County. About 280 pigs and about 1500 piglets died. The disease is an infectious viral disease of domestic and wild pigs that is almost always fatal and incurable. The disease can be transmitted directly from animal to animal or indirectly from humans through contaminated objects such as clothing and shoes. Pig plague is harmless to humans.

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