The carcass of a wild boar discovered in a German forest has confirmed what rangers and pork producers have long feared: African swine fever, which is almost always nearly fatal to the infected animals, is here.
If the outbreak continues, it could cost Germany billions of euros in lost pork exports. Other countries have imposed restrictions before the first confirmed case in a farm. The illness is harmless to humans.
China has joined South Korea in stopping the import of German pork after a case of African swine fever was uncovered in a wild boar. Local producers have lost their biggest export market outside the EU.
Just days after a boar with African swine fever was found in Germany, the country's pork producers have been cut off from key Asian markets. Japan joined China, South Korea and Singapore in halting German pork imports.
An infected boar has been discovered in the eastern state of Brandenburg, in Germany's first reported case of the virus. African swine fever transmits from wild boar to farmed pigs but isn't normally dangerous to humans.
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