Swine fever outbreak hits Bulgaria
Veterinary authorities started a cull of 285 pigs in eastern Bulgaria after a
classical swine fever outbreak, according to the agriculture
The disease broke out in the village of Zlatar, where animals at two farms
contracted the virus by drinking infected water following an earlier outbreak in
the region last month.
"The Sofia laboratory confirmed classical swine fever.
It is a secondary outbreak connected with an earlier one in the region a month
ago," the agriculture ministry said in a statement.
European Union newcomer Bulgaria has culled over 600 pigs
since last year in an attempt to eradicate the disease and convince Brussels to
lift a ban on its live pigs and pork exports by September.
In December Russia
threatened to ban imports of meat products from the EU citing concerns over
animal health in Bulgaria and Romania.
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