African swine flu epidemic hits Europe


The virus has contaminated a farm in Romania with more than 135,000 pigs.

Health officials say water taken from the Danube river is behind the outbreak.

Around 120,000 pigs across eight large farms in the country have now been culled in a desperate bid to halt the spread of the disease.

Gicu Dragan, from the Bucharest Diagnostic and Animal Health Institute, told local media: “The Bucharest Diagnostic and Animal Health Institute confirmed the existence of the African swine fever virus at TEBU Consult, the second largest farm in Europe where there are 135,000 pigs.

“I sent the samples to the national reference laboratory on Friday morning and the results confirmed the existence of the virus, and on Monday we will go to the euthanasia of the pigs on this farm.”


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