Bulgaria Finds Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Second Location

Bulgaria Finds Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Second Location

Bulgaria said on Monday domestic animals in a village close to the border with Turkey have tested positive for foot-and-mouth disease. Blood samples from domestic animals clinical symptoms in the southeastern village of Rezovo were positive for the disease, the national veterinary service said in a statement.

To prevent the further spreading of the disease all livestock in the village, including 90 cows, 30 pigs, 60 sheep and 20 goats, will be culled. Another 21 water buffaloes that had entered the Rezovo area from Turkey will also be killed.

Bulgaria will seek financial aid from the EU in order to restore the wire fences along the border with Turkey to prevent wild and domestic animals from crossing, the national veterinary service chief, Yordan Voinov, said in the statement.

Bulgaria will also launch FMD Disinfection Tax on Turkish border. Each vehicle passing through the Turkish-Bulgarian border will have to pay an at least EUR 2 disinfection tax, the measure aiming to stop the recent foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) outbreak in Bulgaria.

Upon paying the tax, the vehicles will be thoroughly disinfected. The measure was announced by Yordan Voynov, Head of State Veterinary Public Health Control Directorate on Monday. Larger vehicles, including trucks and busses, will have to pay EUR 10.

Earlier on Monday, Voynov also proposed that border fence with Turkey shoud be rebuilt due to the danger of animals spreading the disease. Sourse Dnevnik


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