Bulgaria Declares African Swine Fever State of Emergency

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Bulgaria has declared a state of emergency in two districts upon the detection of another African swine fever (ASF) outbreak at a large breeding farm near the northeastern city of Ruse.

This marks the 19th case of ASF in pigs in farms or backyards of Bulgaria, Reuters reported.

“Another outbreak was detected at a large industrial farm in the village of Brashlеn with over 40,000 pigs,” said Alexandra Miteva, a senior official for the food safety authority. She said all pigs at this farm would be culled.
Bulgaria reported the first outbreak at a large industrial farm, also near Ruse, on Saturday. All pigs at that farm in the village of Nikolovo were also culled.

Authorities declared a state of emergency in Ruse and Pleven, a district in northern Bulgaria, where there have been outbreaks among backyard pigs.

The state of emergency will take place until July 31, but offices of the two district governors said it may have to be extended.

Approximately 20 cases of ASF in dead wild boars have been reported in Bulgaria in a variety of locations, including border provinces with Romania.

Bulgaria has mobilized military and police forces to help combat the deadly disease and protect its pig breeding industry. Some of the preventative measures include enhancing traffic control and border points, disinfecting farms and restricting sales of pork and processed meat. 

ASF is a highly transmissible disease that affects both domestic and wild pigs. It does not affect humans, however, and poses no food safety risk.

Read more about the spread of ASF at porkbusiness.com/ASF.

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