Germany panic: African swine fever spreads as intensive searches underway

GERMANY has announced three more cases of African swine fever (ASF), bringing the total number of wild boars in the country to have contracted the contagious disease to 49.

PUBLISHED: 16:01, Mon, Oct 5, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:33, Mon, Oct 5, 2020

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The latest infections were discovered in animals in the eastern state of Brandenburg, which is home to 2.5 million residents. The announcement comes less than a month after the presence of ASF among the nation’s wild boar population was confirmed on September 10.

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The highly infectious disease is transmitted from animal to animal via direct contact or indirectly through contaminated feed.

There is no vaccine for ASF and about eight in 10 pigs who contract it succumb to the infection.

It is known to affect both domestic and wild pigs and can cause loss of appetite, redness of ears, vomiting and diarrhoea that may lead to death.

On Monday Germany’s federal agriculture ministry confirmed the new cases on its website.

germany swine feverAngela Merkel warning: Germany's cases of African swine fever have risen to 49 (Image: GETTY)

germany swine feverAfrican swine fever affects domestic pigs and wild boar (Image: GETTY)

So far each of the 49 cases confirmed by authorities has been in a wild animal, with no farm pigs affected.

The three newest cases were found in the same area of the first discoveries, the ministry said.

A case had on Wednesday been found in a new area about 37 miles away from the first.

Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute confirmed the latest animals had ASF, the ministry said.

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germany swine feverForesters in west Germany built a fence to keep out wild boar (Image: GETTY)

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