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Bulgarian agriculture minister: Samples of African swine fever in Bozveliysko negative – all pigs must be registered as soon as possible

Bulgarian agriculture minister: Samples of African swine fever in Bozveliysko negative – all pigs must be registered as soon as possible

10 September 2018 | 15:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Silistra. The samples for African swine fever taken in the village of Bozveliysko have proven negative, said Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Rumen Porozhanov, who has inspected today the fence along the land border with Romania near Silistra, Focus News Agency reports. Despite the negative samples, however, the minister urged all owners of domestic pigs to slaughter them as a preventive measure. He further said that all unregistered domestic pigs should be registered as soon as possible.
Later in the day, Minister Porodzanov will have meetings in Bucharest with his Romanian counterparts responsible for agriculture and rural development, as well as water and forestry to discuss important issues and coordinate efforts. Minister Porodzanov said the wire fence is well built and is doing a good job in preventing wild boars from entering Bulgaria. He further said that the meeting will also focus on backyard farming as small holdings do not have registration or biosecurity measures in place and are more vulnerable to infection.


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Bulgaria will ask EC to drop restrictive measures for high-biosecurity facilities in Varna

Bulgaria will ask EC to drop restrictive measures for high-biosecurity facilities in Varna

5 September 2018 | 17:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. Veterinary experts in infectious diseases from the European Commission are in Bulgaria following an invitation to assist in the fight against African swine fever, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) said.
At a meeting with the EC experts and BFSA today, pig farmers raised several issues, including the lack of capacity in the Varna region and the need to export local pigs to the nearest certified slaughterhouses in other areas of the country, as well as the operations in Varna of a major pork producer.
Regarding yesterday’s decision of the EC to impose restrictive measures on the movement of pigs and produce in the Varna region, BFSA will insist before the Commission that these restrictive measures be dropped for certain facilities of high biosecurity in the region.
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Samples from 3-km quarantine zone test negative for African swine fever, says Bulgarian Food Safety Agency

Samples from 3-km quarantine zone test negative for African swine fever, says Bulgarian Food Safety Agency

5 September 2018 | 12:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. All samples taken from the pigs in the village of Bozveliysko, Provadia municipality, Varna region, have been tested for African swine fever (ASF) at the National Reference Laboratory and came out negative, said the press office of the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA). The test has confirmed the findings of the clinical examinations that there was no disease in the 3-kilometer zone at this stage. The sampling completes the first stage of implementing the measures in the 3-kilometer zone around the ASF primary outbreak site. The BFSA experts continue to do clinical examinations and take samples from the pigs in the farms within the 10-kilometre zone around the village of Tutrakantsi, where the virus was first confirmed.
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BFSA sends tips for farmers to identify African swine fever

BFSA sends tips for farmers to identify African swine fever

4 September 2018 | 12:46 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Food Safety Agency (BFSA) said it has written brief advice for farmers to identify the African swine fever virus and prevent any spread of the disease. This is part of BFSA’s response to the first registered case of African swine fever, on August 31, in the Provadia village of Tutrakantsi, Varna region. The recommendations have been sent to regional and municipal administrations for communication to local people as soon as possible. For prevention of disease spread, BFSA says that pork meat, bones, organs, blood, etc. must be fully cooked or deeply buried. Frozen pork is a potential source of virus spread, so it should not leave the owner’s home. Farmers must immediately notify a vet of symptoms such as loss of appetite, difficult breathing, nose or eye discharge, uncoordinated movement or haemorrhage in pigs.
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Varna: Positive test result for African swine fever in Tutrakantsi

Varna: Positive test result for African swine fever in Tutrakantsi

31 August 2018 | 17:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. The result of the tested samples for African swine fever in the Provadia village of Tutrakantsi is positive, Focus Radio has reported from a press conference in the Varna regional administration. This is the first outbreak of African swine fever in Bulgaria. The police presence in the village was increased in connection with the ban on the movement and transport of pigs after a report of a potential outbreak of the disease, now confirmed. The samples were taken from a local backyard by the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency. Governor Stoyan Pasev is calling an emergency meeting of the regional crisis management council.
African swine fever is a dangerous disease in domestic and wild boars because of high mortality and the lack of treatment and vaccine. Once registered in a country, the disease has a significant negative impact on national, regional and international trade, pig farmers and hunting. Moreover, its eradication is extremely difficult and could take years as far as wild boars are concerned.
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Varna: Increased police presence in Tutrakantsi on suspected outbreak of African swine fever

Varna: Increased police presence in Tutrakantsi on suspected outbreak of African swine fever

31 August 2018 | 14:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Varna. The police presence in the area of Provadia village of Tutrakantsi has been increased in connection with the ban on local movement and transport of pigs after a report of a potential outbreak of African swine fever, Focus Radio has reported. Following the report, the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency has taken samples from a backyard in the village of Tutrakantsi. The results are expected by the end of today. The regional department of the agency has imposed a provisional ban on the movement and transport of pigs and related products within a 3-km area. This is the third suspected case of African swine fever, the laboratory tests in the previous two cases were negative.
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Bulgarian deputy agriculture minister: Serious situation with African swine fever, it has reached Romanian pig farm 50 km away from Dobrich

Bulgarian deputy agriculture minister: Serious situation with African swine fever, it has reached Romanian pig farm 50 km away from Dobrich

28 August 2018 | 13:14 | FOCUS News Agency
Dobrich. The situation with the African swine fever is serious, the disease has reached Romanian pig farms 50 km away from Dobrich, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Yanko Ivanov told reporters. The deputy minister has attended the official opening of an international special exhibition on agriculture in Dobrich, Focus Radio reported. According to him, the largest pig farm in Romania has reported an outbreak of the disease. The risk of spread of the infection is great as it is transmitted in different ways. Despite this, however, no case of African swine fever has been found in Bulgaria so far, Ivanov said. The fence on the border with Romania is ready. The state has taken all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the disease which has serious economic consequences for the producers, he commented.
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