African Swine Fever has been found in 2 dead wild boar at 85km from the border with Germany. Local media report that a further 20 wild boar carcasses have been found in the area over the weekend.
The 1st case positive for African Swine Fever (ASF) concerned a female wild boar that was found on November 4, after having been killed in a road accident near Tarnów Jezierny, in Wschowa county, Lubusz province. This province borders to Germany in the west.
The Polish Chief Veterinary Inspection broke the news on Thursday, November 14. The animal had been researched at the Polish State Veterinary Institute in Puławy.
A 2nd case was confirmed on Sunday, November 17, at about 6km north west of the 1st finding, in a forest in Nowa Sól county in that same province.
Virus spreads due to human negligence
All this news means that the virus has hopped westward by 300 km suddenly. Hitherto it was known that ASF virus was present in wild boar in the area around the capital Warsaw. In addition, it crept slowly westward in northern Poland. Experts agree that when the ASF virus jumps over larger distances, normally it is because of human negligence.
In the interactive map below, all ASF infected farms in Poland from 2014 until now are included with a blue color. About wild boar, ASF used to occur in virtually the same regions until this week. The locations of the newly found infected wild boar are marked red.