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Swine Fever Outbreak Batters Bulgaria and Romania

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Tue, 10 Sep 2019 09:13 GMT

From Africa all the way to Europe, the migrating virus known as African Swine Flu has landed in Europe and made its way to farmland which has caused consternation in the farming community, especially in Bulgaria and Romania. The two countries are currently trying to contain the virus for which scientists still have not found any antidote. The only resort is to cull the infected livestock, AFP reported.

Local authorities in Bulgaria say that backyard farming will be the main reason behind the increase in the swine flu. However, local farmers are furious with the sudden decision to kill off their pigs in order to avoid the spread of the disease. 

"It can't be right to slaughter healthy animals... In fact, it's all about saving the big farmers with the big money, and getting us, small poor people, to pay the bill," a 49-year-old from the village of Bezmer in the northeast of the country told AFP.

So far, hundreds of pigs have been culled in attempts to stop the swine flu spreading in one of the poorest EU countries, pushing prices over the roof. This is in a country where people depend mainly on pig meat for its staple diet due to its cheap prices. 

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