African swine fever confirmed by rapid tests in the largest farm in Romania. More than 35,000 pigs to be slaughtered

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The African swine fever has reached one of the largest farms in Braila County. The virus was confirmed in the pig breeding complex in Tichileşti. More than 35,000 animals will be slaughtered.

Representatives of the Sanitary Veterinary Directorate (ANSVSA) have announced that even at the largest farm in Romania, the second in Europe, with 140,000 pigs, there is a suspicion of African swine fever, which has been confirmed by rapid on-site tests and should receive confirmation or invalidation after the tests made in Bucharest, stiri.tvr.ro reports.

If confirmed, the consequences will be extremely serious. The farm will have to sacrifice all the 140,000 animals, which is already ongoing at the Tichileşti farm, where 35,000 pigs are being slaughtered. Veterinarians have begun euthanasia early Friday morning.

The farms were in quarantine for more than a month and the authorities have slaughtered all the pigs in the nearby households in order to protect them. Unfortunately, it seems the efforts were in vain, the same source reads.

The Tichilesti farm manager says the virus allegedly has come on the Danube, because many people threw away the dead pigs into the river. This development has been confirmed by the Sanitary-Veterinary Directorate head, who insists that all carcasses should be buried.

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