With three previously suspected cases of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Brandenburg, northern Germany, being confirmed, the total number of confirmed ASF cases in Germany has risen to 32, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) announced on Thursday.

The Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), the Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, confirmed the animal disease in the respective samples. The sites where the three wild boars were discovered were all located within the designated risk area.

Two weeks ago, the first case of ASF was confirmed in a wild boar in Brandenburg, whereupon local officials established a risk area with a radius of 15 km around the first discovery site.

Germany’s domestic pig population was still free from ASF, a disease not dangerous for humans, the BMEL stressed.

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