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Germany confirms 3 more cases of ASF in wild boar

An additional three cases of African swine fever have been detected in Brandenburg, bringing Germany’s number of confirmed cases to 32.

25 September 2020, at 10:32am

Reuters reports that the latest update was issued on 24 September. All of Germany’s ASF cases have been in wild boar. No farmed pigs have been affected.

All have been found in the region of the first discovery in the Brandenburg area.

Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute had confirmed the latest three animals had ASF.

China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork this month after the first case, causing Chinese pork prices to surge this week.

The disease is not dangerous to humans but it is fatal to pigs and a massive outbreak in China, the world's biggest pork producer, has led to hundreds of millions of pigs being culled.

The German ministry had warned previously that more cases in wild boar were to be expected as animals move around in groups and the disease is easily transmissible. All dead wild boar in the Brandenburg region are being tested for the disease.

The Brandenburg regional government has decided to build a fixed fence to prevent wild boar crossing from Poland into Germany. Germany had feared a spread of the disease after wild boar in Poland were confirmed only about 10 kilometres from Germany. Several hundred kilometres of temporary cattle fences had been set up along Germany's border with Poland.

German pig prices remained stable this week on hopes of increased exports to the EU as other European exporters raised sales to China and elsewhere in Asia to fill the sudden gap left by the German import bans.

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