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UPDATE 1-Germany finds six new swine fever cases in wild boar

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HAMBURG, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Six more cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boars in the eastern German state of Brandenburg, Germany’s federal agriculture ministry said on Friday.

The new discoveries bring the total number of confirmed cases to 46 since the first one on Sept. 10. All were in wild animals with no farm pigs affected, the ministry said.

Germany’s Friedrich-Loeffler scientific institute had confirmed the latest animals had ASF, the ministry said. The ministry has previously warned that more cases in wild boar have to be expected as the disease is highly infectious.

German authorities warned on Thursday that the first wild boars had probably died of the disease in Germany in the first half of July.

China and a series of other pork buyers banned imports of German pork in September after the first case was confirmed, causing Chinese pork prices to surge.

German pig prices remain unchanged since their sharp falls on Sept. 11 on hopes that Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and other EU countries will raise pork sales to China and elsewhere in Asia to compensate for lost German supplies, leaving market demand inside the EU which Germany can meet. (Reporting by Michael Hogan, editing by Editing by David Goodman, Kirsten Donovan)