BERLIN, January 3(Xinhua)-- The eastern German state of Brandenburg is laying a 120-kilometer grid near the border with Poland to prevent wild boars carrying African swine fever from entering the country, the consumer protection ministry said on Wednesday.
The grid, which runs from Frankfurt-sur-Od in the German-Po border city to the border between Brandenburg and Saxony, will be laid on June 6, ministry spokesman Gabriel Hesse said in Potsdam that day.
On Tuesday, Polish authorities found wild boars infected with African swine fever about 21km from the border with Pod, closer to Germany than the previous spot in Poland where cases of African swine fever had been found, according to the German Ministry of Agriculture.
The Brandenburg Farmers'Association said on Wednesday that the state's pig breeders are now regularly checking the enclosures of their breeding areas to prevent wild pigs from invading, in addition to adopting higher safety standards for the storage of pig feed.
At present, the outbreak of swine fever in Africa has occurred in Poland, Romania, Hungary and other Eastern European countries. african swine fever is an acute, hemorrhagic, severe infectious disease caused by african swine fever virus-infected pigs, characterized by high fever, severe visceral bleeding and high mortality. African swine fever is not a zoonosis, and the virus does not infect humans.