African Swine Fever reported at industrial farm in Bulgaria

Bulgarian veterinary authorities on Wednesday reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) at an industrial farm with 13,000 pigs in the central village of Apriltsi, according to a Reuters report.

Bulgaria’s Food Safety Agency said it would cull all pigs that had been in contact with the infected animals, and that it had set up a three kilometre quarantine zone around the farm to stop the spread of the disease, which is incurable in pigs, but harmless to humans.

Outbreaks of the deadly disease have also been recorded across the world in recent months, including a South Korean pig farm with 2,400 pigs confirming an outbreak earlier this month, as well as widespread reports of the disease across the Dominican Republic, with ‘tens of thousands of pigs’ to be slaughtered.

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