More African Swine Fever in Bulgaria

A new outbreak of African Swine Fever has been reported at a breeding farm for pigs in the northeastern Bulgaria.

A spokeswoman for the Bulgarian National Food Safety Authority said, “All pigs on the holding, about 17,000 animals, will be culled.” All pigs in a three-kilometer quarantine zone established around the farm may also be culled as well.

Bulgaria has stepped up its efforts to prevent the spread of deadly African Swine Fever into its national herds after reporting more than 30 cases of the disease in several regions of the country earlier this month, including areas around the border with Romania.

ASF is a highly contagious disease that affects domestic pigs as well as wild boar. It does not affect human health.