Germany finds 30 more African swine fever cases in wild boars

Another 30 cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been found in wild boars in eastern Germany, authorities said on Jan. 20, in a continuing outbreak among wild animals which has halted German pork exports to Asia.

The new cases were in the eastern state of Brandenburg and bring the number of confirmed instances of the disease in wild boars to 527 in the state, Brandenburg’s Health Ministry said.

Along with 17 cases in the eastern region of Saxony, this brings Germany’s total reported cases to 544.

All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected. But two of the 30 new reported cases were found about two kms (1.2 miles) outside the core zone where other cases were found, the Brandenburg ministry said. Electric fences are being built around the area of the latest finds.

China, South Korea and Japan all banned German pork imports in September 2020 after ASF was found in wild boars in east Germany.

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