New EU member Bulgaria sees more CSF
A number of 164 pigs have to be slaughtered in the
North Eastern part of Bulgaria as another outbreak of Classical Swine Fever
(CSF) was reported.
Analysis by Bulgarian veterinary health authorities confirmed that the
disease killed four animals at a farm in the town of Smyadovo earlier this week.
Ten more pigs were claimed to be infected.
All pigs at the farm have
now to be culled in order to prevent the disease from
The prevalence of the
disease in Bulgaria and neighbouring Romania is a hot topic, as both countries
have entered the European Union in January of this year.
accession, both countries were banned from exporting live pigs, pork and other
pig products to other EU countries, due to CSF. Russia even threatened to close
its borders for all European pork, fearing infected pork from these two
countries would spread freely across the EU.
Altogether Bulgaria saw
three CSF outbreaks last year, causing the health authorities to kill more than
suffered from even worse outbreaks. In January 2006, about 660 outbreaks of CSF
were detected in 345 locations around Romania despite a large-scale campaign to
vaccinate four million breeding pigs and 3.8 million wild boars.
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