Germany to build fence on Polish border to prevent Swine Fever spreading

Authorities of the German region Brandenburg announced that they will build a permanent fence on the border with Poland in order to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever (ASF).

“We will build it right now,” Ursula Monnmacher, the consumer protection of Brandenburg local government was quoted as saying by German “Sueddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper.

It particularly concerns the Spree-Neiße region, but the state funds are planned to be spent for “solid fences” going further north. Currently, a 120-km-long mobile electric fence is placed along the border.

German authorities want to stop wild boars from crossing the border. More than 3,000 cases of ASF were recorded in Poland this year.

A total of nine cases of ASF were found among dead boars in the Spree-Neiße region and eleven more in the Oder-Spree. Domesticated pigs have not yet been affected.

ASF is not harmful to humans, but is nearly always deadly for pigs.

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