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Globe grapples with new ASF outbreaks

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South Korea and China report new cases as Germany continues to find ASF in wild boars along border with Poland.

While cases of African swine fever (ASF) continue to be found in wild boars in eastern Germany — up to 65 cases reported as of Oct. 12 — South Korea and China have officially reported new ASF outbreaks after months of inactivity.

All of the cases reported in Germany so far have been found in wild boars along the country's border with Poland.

According to a report from Reuters, South Korea officials announced Oct. 9 that new ASF cases have been found on a farm for the first time in a year, forcing authorities to cull at least 1,500 pigs. Three dead pigs tested positive for the disease at a farm in the province of Gangwon late on Thursday, Reuters noted.

Until last week, Korean news services said no new cases of ASF had been found on farms since October 2019, but 750 cases were discovered in wild boars that roam the border with North Korea, Reuters reported.

According to a separate Reuters report, China’s agriculture ministry said Oct. 9 it has confirmed ASF in piglets illegally transported to the southwestern city of Chongqing — the country's first reported outbreak since July 25.

Reuters added that China is targeting a pork self-sufficiency rate of 95% as it rebuilds its pig herd after the country's ASF epidemic began in 2018.

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