African Swine Fever Hits Greece

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Greece reported its first case of African swine fever (ASF) at a pig breeding farm in the northern part of the country this week, agriculture ministry officials in Greece said on Thursday.

The infected pig was found at a small farm in Serres, a region of northern Greece close to the border with Bulgaria and North Macedonia, Reuters reports. 

About a third of Greece’s domestic pork consumption is produced within the country and it imports the rest.

The government has taken a series of measures to contain the outbreak, including banning the trade of pork from the area. All pigs and hogs in an area of 3 kilometers from the farm have been culled. Animals were not allowed to enter or exit areas within a 10-kilometer radius, while tests were being conducted to trace the origin of the disease, Reuters reports.

ASF, a highly transmissible virus of pigs, is harmless to humans but deadly in both domestic and wild pigs. Last month, Serbia saw an outbreak of the pig disease in wild boars in the east of the country, close to its borders with Bulgaria and Romania. To help stop the spread of this deadly virus of pigs, Serbian authorities ordered shooting of boars to reduce their population in the affected areas. 

Serbia’s neighbors Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have already reported outbreaks of the disease, mainly spread by boars which are also a popular game among hunters in the region.

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