Bulgaria Finds African Swine Fever in Dead Pigs Near Romanian Border

( Valentin Panzirsch )

Bulgaria reported new cases of African swine fever (ASF) on Thursday in a dead wild boar and a dead pig near the Romanian border, according to the national food safety authority in Bulgaria.

The new cases were discovered near the Danube town of Belene, Reuters reported. The Balkan country has already reported nine cases of this deadly virus in eight villages in the northern region of Pleven.

The national food safety authority in Bulgaria warned farmers not to hide their backyard pigs or attempt to transport them out of the villages and sell them as such actions could further spread the disease.

ASF is a highly transmissible disease that affects both domestic pigs and wild pigs. The virus does not affect humans or pose a risk to food safety. Without a vaccine, experts expect this disease to stay around for some time in China, the world’s largest producer of pork.

For more information on the spread of ASF, visit porkbusiness.com/ASF.

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