Pigs killed after African swine fever outbreak in Bulgaria

Farm pigs separates by crates standing to eat
Pigs at a farm, photo: songqiuju via Canva

Bulgarian veterinary authorities on Monday reported an outbreak of African swine fever at a farm with 180 pigs in the village of Radinovo. Exactly how many animals got sick is not known, but all animals will be killed, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency said in a statement.

A three-kilometre quarantine zone has been set up around the farm to stop the spread of the disease.

The outbreak is the second at a farm in the country this year, the agency said. In August, the agency killed around 13,000 pigs at an industrial farm in the central village of Apriltsi after an African swine fever outbreak.

African swine fever is an infectious viral disease in domestic and wild pigs. The virus can result in death, but animals can also recover from it.

So far, authorities worldwide kill entire pig populations, sick and healthy animals, when African swine fever is detected. Countries in Europe and Asia are dealing with the disease.

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