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Four new cases of ASF in Germany’s wild boar population

Four additional cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in wild boar in Brandenburg state.

15 October 2020, at 9:06am

Reuters reports that the new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 69 since the first on 10 September. All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected, Germany’s agriculture ministry said.

The latest cases were found in the same areas as the first discoveries, the ministry said.

The ministry has previously warned that more cases in wild boar have to be expected because the disease is highly infectious.

China and other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September after the first case was confirmed, causing Chinese pork prices to rise.

But German pig prices remained stable this week as dealers hope for more German pork sales inside the European Union as other EU pork producers sell more to China.

ASF is not dangerous to humans but is fatal to pigs. A massive outbreak in China, the world's biggest pork producer, and elsewhere in Asia led to major changes in global pork trade flows.

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