- Title: GERMANY: Pigs culled after German swine fever case
- Date: 5th March 2006
- Summary: GOVERNMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE UNIT (THW) WORKERS NEXT TO TRUCK
- Embargoed: 20th March 2006 12:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Health
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- Story Text: Following an outbreak of swine fever German authorities have begun culling pigs on a farm in the central state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Friday (March 3).
Tests had shown that 80 pigs which died on a farm near Recklinghausen had classical swine fever, the North Rhine-Westphalia state Agriculture Ministry said.
The other 220 pigs on the farm had been culled and a three-kilometre radius quarantine zone and a 10-kilometre radius observation zone had been set up around the farm.
Suspected cases had been found on two nearby farms, state Agriculture Minister Eckard Uhlenberg said. Tests were under way but might take up to two days.
The reason for the first outbreak was unclear, Uhlenberg added.
No pigs can be transported for 40 days from the quarantine zone and for the next seven days in the observation zone.
Germany's Federal Agriculture Ministry said the European Union Commission and EU member states had been informed of the case.
The Dutch Agriculture Ministry said it would require trucks from Germany that had transported pigs to be disinfected.
The Dutch ministry said it was in contact with German authorities and was ready to take further measures if necessary.
Swine fever is a highly infectious pig disease but not dangerous to humans.
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