In Buzau County the third outbreak of African swine fever has been confirmed. More than 90 pigs were slaughtered Thursday at a micro-farm near Râmnicu Sarat, after four animals have died, and the veterinarians found that one of them showed visible signs of swine fever.
The disease was confirmed during the night by the Diagnosis and Animal Health Institute in Bucharest, stiri.tvr.ro informs.
The authorities could still decide on the further slaughter of 1,800 pigs.
They are in evidence in the households in the protection zone set up within a radius of 3 kilometers around the outbreak.
The number of outbreaks of African swine fever in Romania has reached 826 in 190 localities in 11 counties, and the total number of pigs affected by the disease or slaughtered has reached almost 160,000, the National Authority for Veterinary Health and Food Safety (ANSVSA) announced on Thursday, antena3.ro reports.
“The African swine fever evolves in 11 counties in 190 localities with a total of 826 outbreaks (11 of which in industrial breeding farms, one in a slaughterhouse belonging to a farm and one in a type A commercial holding) and 46 cases of wild boars. In total, 159,645 pigs affected by the disease have been slaughtered,” the ANSVSA informed.
Veterinary specialists argue that any suspicion of illness should be announced immediately to the veterinarian or to the county DSVSA. All suspected animals must be sacrificed and neutralized, and the owners will be compensated by the state by the law.
According to ANSVSA figures, pig breeders affected by African swine fever have so far received compensations of over RON 507,890, but the value of the evaluated files exceeds RON 47.6 million, or more than EUR 10 million.