Two new cases of African swine fever

Two more cases of African swine fever have been confirmed in wild boars in the state of Brandenburg, the state government reported on Friday. The number of confirmed cases in wild boars has risen to 34 since the first discovery on September 10th. All animals were found in the region of the first discovery in Brandenburg. The German Friedrich Loeffler Institute has confirmed that the animals have ASF, said the Brandenburg state government. China and a number of other pork buyers banned German pork imports this month after the first case was confirmed, leading to a surge in Chinese pork prices. The disease is not dangerous to humans, but it is fatal to pigs. A massive outbreak in China, the world's largest pork producer, has resulted in hundreds of millions of pigs being culled. The federal government is considering financial aid for farmers after prices fell after the discovery of African swine fever, said Federal Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner on Friday.The Brandenburg state government also said it will relax some restrictions in the affected area, provided the fields have been checked for dead wild boars. This included harvesting sugar beets, potatoes and fruit, as well as sowing winter cereals. The harvest had been halted because of fear that wild boars hiding in fields would run away from farm vehicles and spread the disease faster.

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