The first case of African swine fever is confirmed in Bulgaria


Bulgarian authorities reported the disease in 7 backyard pigs on a farm close to the Romanian border on Friday, August 31, another country where hundreds of cases of ASF have been confirmed. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said the 7 infected animals were discovered on a farm in the north-eastern village of Tutrakantsi

All pigs in the village will be culled

Tests confirmed ASF in the pigs and as a precaution all 23 pigs in the village will be culled plus a 3 km quarantine zone will be established around the perimeter of the village. All pigs within that zone must be slaughtered per order of the food safety agency.

Authorities have also banned the trading or transport of pigs in that same protective region. In addition, the trade and transport of pigs has also been banned in the region. Across Europe, more than 4,800 cases of ASF in both wild and domestic pigs have been reported so far this year, about 700 more than in 2017 in total.

8th country in the EU with ASF

Bulgaria is the 8th country in the European Union where African Swine Fever has been detected since the virus started spreading from Armenia and Georgia in 2007. In the EU, the virus has also emerged in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic.

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Just last month Bulgaria had started to build a fence extending to 133 km on its land border with Romania to try and prevent the crossing of wild boars that could spread the ASF disease onto its territory.

Bulgarian governor Stoyan Pasev is calling an emergency meeting of the regional crisis management council to decide on best practices moving forward to try and contain the disease and prevent any further spread.

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