To ward off African swine fever (ASF), protective fences will be erected in the district of North Saxony from the end of next week. They are part of the so-called Western Barrier, with which the Free State of Saxony is trying to prevent the further spread of the animal disease, the district announced on Wednesday. The barrier of game defense fences also runs through the counties of Meissen and Central Saxony. Property owners are obliged to tolerate the facilities.
The ASP virus has spread since 2020 in the counties of Görlitz and partly Bautzen and Meissen. Saxony is trying to get the problem under control with protective corridors, controls and increased hunting of wild boar. In northern Saxony, the disease has not yet occurred.
African swine fever is a viral infection that affects wild boars and domestic pigs. It is almost always fatal and incurable. ASF is not dangerous to humans or other animal species.
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