Swine fever hits Germany again

29 June 2001

Swine fever hits Germany again

By FWi staff

MORE than 1000 pigs have been slaughtered after swine fever was discovered on a farm in Lower Saxony, Germany.

The highly contagious pig disease was confirmed on Tuesday (26 June). Controls are in place around the farm to prevent the spread of infection.

Lower Saxony was hit by swine fever two years ago. The possible role of wild pigs in causing the latest outbreak is being investigated.

The National Pig Association website reports that pigmeat exports from unaffected regions in Germany to member states are unlikely to be affected.

But it says the Germans are concerned about the implications for trade with third countries such as China and South Africa.


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