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Most infected animals die within 10 days, according to the European Food Safety Authority. | Craig Lassig/EPA-EFE

An incurable pig disease is threatening Europe’s heavyweight pork industry.

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Belgium’s discovery of two cases of African swine fever raises the prospect of a nightmare scenario for big farms in the EU’s agricultural heartlands.

Since 2014, the disease has been largely confined to the Continent’s east. The Belgian cases bring the hemorrhagic fever within striking distance of major piggeries in Germany, France and Denmark.

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