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9 new ASF cases in Brandenburg’s wild boar

Nine additional cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in wild boars in Germany’s eastern Brandenburg region.

22 October 2020, at 9:29am

Reuters reports that the new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 80 since the first one emerged on 10 September. All of the cases have been in wild animals and no farm pigs have been affected.

China and many other pork buyers especially in Asia banned imports of German pork in September after the first case was confirmed, causing Chinese pork prices to surge and German prices to fall.

Germany has received some "cautious, positive signals" during talks with Asian nations about easing a ban on German pork imposed after African swine fever (ASF) was found in the European country, the agriculture minister said on Friday 16 October.

But despite the Asian export bans, German pig prices remained unchanged this week, with more German pork sales taking place inside the European Union.

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