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Germany records 40 ASF cases since 10 September

Two more cases of African swine fever have been recorded in Brandenburg’s wild boar population.

2 October 2020, at 10:36am

Reuters reports that the new cases of ASF bring the total number of confirmed infections to 40 since the first case emerged on 10 September. The disease has remained in wild animals and no farmed pigs have been affected.

The latest cases, confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute, were found in the area of the first discoveries, the ministry said. A case was also found on Wednesday in a new area about 60 kilometres away from the first.

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

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

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, and elsewhere in Asia led to massive changes in global pork trade flows.

The state government of Brandenburg said separately it was searching intensively for dead wild boars in both areas where the disease has been confirmed, with teams working in fields and woods and aircraft drones also being used to assess the extent of the disease's spread.

Examination of some remains of the first dead wild boar show that the animal probably died from the disease eight to ten weeks ago, so ASF probably entered Germany in the first half of July, the state said.

German pig prices remain unchanged since falling sharply on 11 September on hopes that Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and other EU countries will increase pork sales to China and elsewhere in Asia to compensate for lost German supplies, leaving market demand inside the EU which Germany can meet.

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