Pigs in Hungary unaffected by ASF, says chief vet

With Eastern Europe seeing a sharp rise in African swine fever, Hungary’s chief vet has said that the virus has not been detected in the country’s farm stocks.

The chief veterinary officer told public broadcaster M1, however, that wild boars are spreading the disease.

Hungary Today reported that further infected wild boars have been found in north-eastern Hungary, while there is a high risk of the epidemic spreading in central-eastern Hungary, too, chief vet Lajos Bognár said.

Hunters are obliged to remove the carcasses of dead boars and kill ones exhibiting symptoms of the African fever, Mr Bognár said

Farmers are advised to pay increased attention to the cleaning and disinfection of the stiles and not to feed their swine with green fodder straight from the fields or use fresh straw for litter. Livestock cannot be transported from one location to the other without prior inspection by a vet, Mr Bognár said.

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