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Bulgaria confirms cases of African swine fever in wild boars

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Hunting parties in Ruse district (Southeastern Bulgaria) have shot three wild boars infected with African swine fever. "There are positive samples at the beginning of the hunting season which is a concern both for industrial and private pig farms", Dr Nikolay Nenov from the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency-Ruse said for the BNR.  A meeting of the Epizootic Commission was held in Ruse district. The commission has ordered that the carcasses of infected animals be buried. A stricter control and biosecurity regime will be introduced in pig farms.

In 2019, the disease killed tens of thousands of pigs in industrial farms. Since then, hunters have been obliged to take samples for African swine fever from every single wild boar shot. 

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