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SHIC updates global swine disease situation

Bulgaria and Poland struggling with African swine fever, while virus persists in China and Southeast Asia.

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has released its August global swine disease monitoring report, compiled in cooperation with the University of Minnesota.

The current report details the African swine fever (ASF) situation in Bulgaria, which has declared a state of emergency after 130,000 pigs were culled in two weeks due to detection of the disease on six industrial farms in the country, SHIC said.

The report also describes the situation in Poland, where 33 ASF outbreaks on pig farms were confirmed this year by the end of July. The report notes that in comparison, there were 70 outbreaks in the same period of 2018, but the total number of pigs slaughtered due to disease outbreaks in Poland is already higher so far in 2019 -- approximately 30,000 pigs -- than the total of 25,395 culled pigs throughout all of 2018, the report notes.

The August report also updates the current ASF situation in China and Southeast Asia as well as provides information on the outbreak of classical swine fever in Japan (the disease is not related to ASF).

TAGS: Biosecurity
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