Taiwan to screen luggage of German arrivals following swine fever case

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/10/2020
By: Wu Hsin-yun and Chiang Yi-ching

Luggage being screened at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport/ CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center for African swine fever (ASF) said Thursday that it would begin screening the luggage of all arrivals from Germany, after the country reported its first case of ASF.

The German agriculture ministry confirmed Thursday that a wild boar found in the Spree-Neisse district of the state of Brandenburg had ASF, the first case the country has ever confirmed, the center quoted German media as saying.

The Spree-Neisse district borders Poland, which is dealing with a serious ongoing outbreak of ASF, the center said.

Although Germany has not officially reported the case to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the center has decided to include Germany in its list of countries that have had an ASF outbreak in the past three years.    [FULL  STORY]

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