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African swine fever found in wild boars in Budakeszi

Hungary’s national food safety authority Nébih has found five cases of African swine fever in wild boar carcasses in a game park near Budapest, news wire reuters.com reported.

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The cause of the infection, found in a closed game reserve in Budakeszi (12 km west of the capital), was not immediately clear and an investigation is under way, the authority said.

In total, Hungary has found nearly 900 cases of African swine fever in wild boar since April 2018, according to figures published on the authority’s website. Nébih called on pig farmers to maintain the necessary precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the infection to livestock.

State news wire MTI reported Nébih as saying that the virus likely spread to the Budakeszi game park via humans, adding that several foreigners from countries hit hard by African swine flu had visited the park in recent weeks.

The authority advised against visiting the game park, but added that travelers who do go should take care to wash their shoes on departure.

Earlier in September, the Philippines announced a ban on Hungarian pork imports due to swine fever, following bans imposed earlier by several other countries.