Greece detects African swine fever in a wild boar

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PARIS (Reuters) – Greece has confirmed African swine fever in a wild boar in the north of the country, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Monday.

The disease, harmless to humans but highly contagious among pigs, was found in a dead wild boar in a forest in the Serres region, which borders Bulgaria and North Macedonia, WOAH said, citing a report by Greek authorities.

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WOAH said it was the first case since early 2020, when Greece faced its first-ever African swine fever outbreak.

The Greek Ministry of Agriculture also announced the new outbreak in a statement, saying that measures were being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.

African swine fever is often fatal to pigs and has disrupted pork production and trade in recent years following outbreaks among farm herds in Asia and Europe.

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In Europe, the disease has spread from the east of the continent to countries such as Germany and Italy.

(Reporting by Gus Trompiz and Renee Maltezou, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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