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Germany identifies one new ASF case in wild boar

An additional case of African swine fever has been confirmed in a wild boar in Brandenburg.

8 October 2020, at 9:20am

Reuters reports that the new detection brings the total number of ASF cases to 50 since the first wild boar was identified on 10 September. All of the cases have been seen in wild animals and no farm pigs have been affected.

Germany’s federal agriculture ministry says that the latest cases were found in the area of the first discoveries.

Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute had confirmed the latest animal had ASF, the ministry said. The ministry has previously warned that more cases in wild boar have to be expected as the disease is highly infectious.

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

But German pig prices remained unchanged this week, continuing a stable trend since the sharp drop after the first ASF case, as dealers hope for more German pork sales inside the European Union.

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