African swine fever thought to have been in Germany since July

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African swine fever (ASF) has probably been in Germany since July, the Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) has revealed, as a second distinct outbreak has emerged.

The FLI officially confirmed two more cases in wild boar in the Spree-Neisse district on Thursday taking the total number of confirmed outbreaks in Brandenburg to 40.

The latest cases were found within the original core area, but On Wednesday, the FLI confirmed a case in a young boar near the German-Polish border at Bleyen, about 60 km from the previously affected districts.

The animal was killed by a hunter – it had appeared to be healthy but the hunter noticed and reported changes in the organs typical of ASF-infection.

The case is not thought to be directly linked to the original districts. According to the FLI’s preliminary assessment, it is likely to be a new introduction of ASF from the affected regions in western Poland.

“Thus there are two outbreaks in Brandenburg and the competent authorities are taking the appropriate measures (buffer zone, sensitive area, core area),” the FLI said.

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