A third case of African swine fever (ASF) was confirmed over the weekend in farm pigs in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, according to the German authorities.
The case was on a small farm with four pigs inside the restriction zone where the disease is common among wild boar, the Brandenburg state health ministry said.
This follows reports of the first cases of African swine fever in farm pigs in Germany n pigs on two farms in the eastern German state of Brandenburg last week.
The disease was found in pigs on one organic farm with 200 animals and on a smallholding with only two pigs, the Brandenburg health ministry said. All have been slaughtered.
“For almost a year we have been fighting against the enormous pressure of the disease from Poland,” said Brandenburg state health minister Ursula Nonnemacher. “I very much regret the first cases in farm pigs, but sadly this possibility could never be fully ruled out.”
China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September 2020 after the first case was confirmed in wild animals.