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African swine fever found in Slovakia

Slovakia has reported its first case of African swine fever.

The case was found in Strážne, in the Kosice region, in a backyard pig holding. Four animals were suspected to have the disease, but only one case was confirmed. All four were killed and disposed of.

Strážne is situated in the south of Slovakia, just a few kilometres from the Hungarian border where ASF has been found in wild boar.

A three-kilometre protective zone and 10-kilometre surveillance zone have been put in place. Farmers within these zones will be subject to additional measures to control the disease. The origin of the outbreak is unknown.

Since Defra’s last report on ASF, dated 18 July, there have been three outbreaks of ASF found in domestic pigs in large commercial holdings in Bulgaria and Romania. There have also been an additional 94 outbreaks in small commercial …

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