Tougher security needed to protect against African swine fever, Creed says

Ireland must ramp up security measures against the spread of a deadly disease threatening pig farmers across Europe, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has warned.

Despite efforts to prevent African swine fever (ASF) reaching western Europe, the highly contagious virus has been detected in two wild boars found dead near the municipality of Étalle, in Belgium, close to the French border.

It was previously confined to a number of herds in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Czech Republic,

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