September 1, 2018 | 03:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The National Reference Laboratory confirmed an infection with the African swine fever virus in domestic pigs in the village of Tutrakantsi, Provadia, Reg. Varna. The signal for increased morbidity in a cattle farm in the backyard was received on 30 August thanks to the NVS awareness raising campaign about the dangers of ASF. A total of 7 fattening pigs were grown in the affected farm. With an order from the Executive Director of the NVS, measures have been taken to eradicate the outbreak and to limit the spread of the disease. It is also declared 3 km. protective zone around the hearth entering the village of Tutrakantsi, Provadia, Reg. Varna and Bozveliysko, Provadia, Reg. Varna. It is also ten (10) km. observed area around the outbreaks, including the settlements of the municipality of Provadia, Varna, municipality Avren, Varna, municipality Dolni Chiflik, Varna, municipality Dulgopol, Varna.
The province of Varna prohibits the trade in, traffic and transport of domestic pigs, except those intended for immediate slaughter and with the permission of an official veterinarian or transit. It is forbidden to organize markets and exhibitions of pigs and free-growing pigs from the Eastern Balkans and crosses of pigs from the Eastern Balkans. These breeds must be closed immediately on the farms. Owners of the slaughtered animals will receive a compensation on the basis of art. 141-148 of the law on veterinary activities and the regulation on the conditions and procedures for the use of the funds for covering the exotic risks Expenditure (SG No. 62 from 01.08.2006) In Varna are registered pigs in pigs 68 000, that's a quarter of all pigs in the country.
During an extraordinary briefing, the NVS Executive Director, Dr. Damyan Iliev, that the organization has taken all necessary steps in the past two years to prevent Bulgaria from entering the plague. In his words, it is an extremely aggressive and sustainable virus and the measures applied are based on how the virus is most likely to be transmitted – by feral pigs or by human activity, especially pigs. He explained that the owner of 7 pigs in the village of Tutrakantsi had called a veterinarian, but three of the animals died, about which the official doctors in Varna were informed. Dr. Iliev indicated that the total pigs in the village were 30, but there were 23. "Tonight, the animals will be euthanized and buried," said Dr. Iliev and pointed out that in this situation it is important that the measures are taken immediately. In his words, the biggest problem for Bulgaria would be if the African plague approached large farms. "The measures we are taking are to protect the industry." Dangers come from pigs in the "backyard" because the practice is such that farmers usually make a single attempt to treat their pigs, and if it does not, they kill them, "he said, explaining that African plague is not dangerous for people. "We have planned measures to control land borders around Romania and control the import of pork, but the risk is enormous because we are not just taking products, but also car-type meat, from countries with African plague." he explained. Dr. Iliev also said that the API deal is the waste of all parking garages, where cars are stopped, to be removed in time. "There are also ships and ferries under control – this applies to all the borders of Bulgaria," explained Dr. Iliev out. According to him, all vehicles in which pork is found are disinfected.
He specified that there are 202,000 African beasts in Romania and the Bulgarian authorities try not to let this happen in our country. In his words, the situation in Romania is disastrous. He explained that in addition to the neighboring authorities, the European Commission was also aware.
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