Serbia announced an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) on Wednesday in wild boars in the east of the country, near its borders with Bulgaria and Romania.
The state Tanjug news agency said the disease was discovered in two hunting grounds in the eastern Serbian areas of Pirot and Kladovo, Reuters reports.
To help stop the spread of this deadly virus of pigs, authorities have ordered shooting of boars to reduce their population in the affected areas.
Although ASF is harmless to humans and poses no food safety risks, it is causing devastation in the global pork industry. It first appeared in August 2018 in China and has been spreading in Europe and Asia.
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, Reuters reports.
Last August, several pig farms in Serbia were affected by ASF.
Pigs in Pangasinan Culled to Contain ASF
Meanwhile, at least 21 pigs in Barangay Linoc in the province of Pangasinan in the Philippines were culled yesterday to contain the spread of ASF.
Provincial veterinarian Jovito Tabarejos said blood tests confirmed ASF, the Philippine Star reports.
The pigs were within the one-kilometer radius of a piggery where 34 pigs died due to ASF last week. Currently 320 pigs in backyard piggeries in Barangay Linoc are under observation, the Philippine Star reports.
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