Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Wild and cattle disease can also affect pigs

Schwerin (dpa / mv) - The wild and cattle disease that occurred in the lake district can also affect domestic and wild pigs.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Wild and cattle disease can also affect pigs

Schwerin (dpa / mv) - The wild and cattle disease that occurred in the lake district can also affect domestic and wild pigs. The Ministry of Agriculture in Schwerin pointed this out. Hemorrhagic septicemia, the correct name for the deadly infectious disease, is triggered by certain types of the bacterium Pasteurella multocida. In addition to cattle, buffalo and wild ruminants, domestic and wild pigs as well as sheep and goats are also susceptible, the ministry said on Monday. So far, however, there is no evidence of transmission of the pathogen to humans.

In recent years, there have been individual outbreaks of disease in Germany, most of which were limited in time and space. In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the first evidence comes from 2014 from a cow. Since then, 25 cases have become known - the most recent affecting several wild animals in June and July in the Mecklenburg Lake District district. According to the information, the evidence concerned 14 cattle, five domestic pigs and three wild boars, two pieces of fallow deer and a water buffalo. The disease is often fatal.

According to the ministry, a possible source of transmission is infected or sick wild animals without symptoms, which excrete the pathogen under stress - for example when it is hot. The pathogen can survive for several days in moist soil and water. Transmission to pets can occur, for example, through shared water troughs. Appropriate caution is required. According to the ministry, the disease is not notifiable.

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