African swine fever reported from central Hungary

Samples from the carcass of a boar found near Bicske, in central-west Hungary, have tested positive for the African swine fever virus (ASF), food safety authority Nebih reported on Tuesday.

The carcass was found near an area earlier declared as infected, and the virus is believed to have spread naturally among the boar population, Nebih said.

The authority noted that the virus was not harmful to humans, but pointed to the economic ramifications and warned swine farmers to fully observe rules of prevention.

Nebih also called on tourists not to leave food waste in the forests and to carefully wash their footwear after outings.

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