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17,000 pigs culled on Bulgarian pig farm due to ASF

22nd Jul 2019 / By Alistair Driver

A total of 17,000 pigs were due to be culled on a pig farm in Bulgaria due to an outbreak of African swine fever.

The Bulgarian authorities reported on Saturday the outbreak at a breeding farm near the Danube city of Ruse in the north east of the Balkan country, Reuters reported.

A spokeswoman for the national food safety authority said all 17,000 pigs on the holding will be culled. All home-raised pigs within a 3-kilometre quarantine zone, established around the farm in the village of Nikolovo, might also be culled, she added.

Bulgaria has stepped up measures to prevent the spread of the virus after reporting more than 30 cases of the disease in several regions, including border provinces with Romania, in July.

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