Germany finds two more African swine fever cases in wild boar

File photo of domestic hogs on a German farm.

Two more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said Oct. 1.

The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 40 since the first one discovered in September. All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected, the ministry said.

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 had also been found Sept. 30 in a new area about 60 kilometres away from the first.

The ministry has previously warned that more cases in wild boar were 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 is 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.

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