Frequently asked questions about African swine fever (ASF)

Updated BfR FAQ of 11 September 2020

In Germany, the first case of African swine fever (ASF) was detected in a wild boar in Brandenburg on 10 September 2020. ASF is a disease of domestic pigs and wild boar caused by a virus. As the pathogen is not dangerous to humans, the consumption of foods originating from infected animals does not pose a health risk to consumers. To prevent further spread of the ASF pathogen, it is important to dispose food waste only in such a way that it is inaccessible to wild boars. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has compiled some selected questions and answers on the subject.

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