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Germany reports first African swine fever case in farm pigs

Christian Fernsby |
The first cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in farm pigs in Germany, the country's federal agriculture ministry said on Friday.

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The disease was confirmed in pigs on two farms in the eastern German state of Brandenburg.

Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute had confirmed the farm animals had African swine fever, the agriculture ministry said.

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.

Fencing has been built along the Polish border to prevent wild boars entering Germany and six zones were established with intensified hunting of wild boars, she said.

"I very much regret the first cases in farm pigs, but sadly this possibility could never be fully ruled out," Nonnemacher said.

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