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Nagy: Domestic livestock must be protected from swine fever

The danger of swine fever entering southern Hungary from Croatia is growing and the authorities are maintaining heightened epidemic prevention measures to minimise the risk of introducing the disease, Istvan Nagy, the minister of agriculture, said on Friday.

Given worsening infection data, pig farmers in medium-risk southern counties must comply with priority epidemic prevention measures, the minister said after discussing the situation with the national chief veterinarian Szabolcs Pasztor and pig farmers in Baranya County.

Strict regulations must be observed in slaughterhouses receiving pigs from Croatia, a ministry statement quoted Nagy as saying, adding that the past few years had seen “outstanding” health data in the domestic pig population which had been protected from the disease.

The ministry “is working to make sure this remains the case,” the statement added.

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