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LUXEMBOURG – FOX SPREAD AND PUBLIC HEALTH RISK

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Since the fox hunting ban in Luxembourg in 2015, many have observed the return of foxes in the cities, especially in residential areas bordering forests. In addition to the safety problems that may arise (let us not forget that the fox is a wild animal), there are also public health issues, as wild animals are carriers of diseases.

The fox can indeed transmit a parasitic disease: echinococcosis.

Alveolar echinococcosis is a serious disease that develops slowly, mainly in the liver, over 15 years, and asymptomatically (Wikipedia)

Following this observation, MPs Diane Adehm and Gilles Roth (CSV) appealed to Carole Dieschbourg, Minister of the Environment and Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health on the risks to the population and the preventive actions to be taken.

MPs then asked the two Ministers:

  • Whether there is an increased risk of echinococcosis due to an increase in the population of foxes in the cities?
  • What measures are planned by the Government to reduce foxes in residential areas?
  • Is there a plan to launch an information campaign targeting echinococcosis to the general public?

Ministers have 30 days to respond to MPs.

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