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Germany bolsters efforts to stop African swine fever

Christian Fernsby ▼ | December 9, 2019
Germany is issuing leaflets, posters and social media messages in several languages urging people not to throw away waste food in border areas, Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said.
Julia Kloeckner
Pigs in Germany   Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner
African swine fever, which has hit the world's top pork producer China hard, has killed hundreds of million pigs, while reshaping global meat and feed markets.

Topics: Germany African swine fever

Around ten European Union countries are currently affected, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and Romania.

Germany's information campaign will be targeted at groups including travellers, truck drivers, farmers, hunters, harvest helpers and the armed forces, Kloeckner said.

"The latest cases show that the human factor plays a not inconsiderable role in the spread of the disease, for example in the incorrect disposal of waste food," she said.

Should a case be found in a wild boar in Germany, the government is prepared to restrict movement in the affected area and relax hunting restrictions to cut wild boar numbers, Kloeckner said.