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Wild Boar Found with FMD in South-East Bulgaria

by 5m Editor
7 January 2011, at 3:59pm

BULGARIA - Bulgaria has registered its first case of foot and mouth disease in 12 years.

The first case of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) has occurred in Bulgaria in the past 12 years was reported on 6 December, according to Novinite.

A wild boar with FMD has been killed in the region of the south-eastern Bulgarian city of Burgas. A 10-kilometre security zone has been established and all vehicles passing through the region are being disinfected. All living animal trade in the Burgas region has been stopped.

The European Commission has already been informed.

FMD is highly contagious and, while it is not so dangerous for humans, a possible outbreak may cause severe economical damages, the Bulgarian Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, has explained.

He said: "Bulgaria may face a ban on the export of animal products if the disease is to spread."

Several centres of infection have already been registered in Turkey, reports Novinite, adding that FMD is a sometimes fatal viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals, including domestic animals such as cattle, water buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs. Humans are very rarely affected.

Further Reading

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