Bulgaria reports second ASF outbreak

Hygiene & Biosecurity

Lab analysis confirmed that two pigs found dead on a small farm near Pleven were carrying the virus.

Posted on Jul 04 ,11:20

Bulgaria reports second ASF outbreak

The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BNSA) announced that an ASF outbreak was discovered on a small farm near Pleven. The Agency was informed on July 2 about the increased morbidity in that farm and inspectors have found 14 animals of which 2 died, according to Novinite news agency.
The samples taken from the dead pigs have been confirmed as positive for the African swine fever virus (ASF) by the National Reference Laboratory of the National Diagnostic Research Veterinary Medical Institute in Sofia. The carcasses of the animals are buried near the farm, and disinfection is carried out at the site. The rest of the pigs in that farm were culled and that measure is to be applied to all the pigs inside the safety zone.
The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency has immediately taken measures to control and eradicate the disease in accordance with European and national legislation, and the Emergency Action Plan for ASF Control. Restriction zones (3 km of safety and 10 km of surveillance zones) have been established, where measures for the control and eradication of ASF have been imposed.  Besides backyard pig farms there are no large or medium swine farms in the area.
In the neighboring Roumania, there were 12 new cases of ASF reported in June. Romanian officials have mentioned that there are 55 active outbreaks in the country. Also, new cases of ASF have appeared in Poland, one of those being reported in pig farm 8,000 head large.


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