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Swine Fever Is Spreading Further in Eastern Europe

  • Serbia, Slovakia report first detections within their borders
  • Pig farms increasingly threatened in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria
General Views Of Pig Farming At A Lehmann Bros. Farm LLC

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

A deadly pig virus is spreading further in eastern Europe as the region struggles to contain a long-running outbreak of the disease.

Serbia has reported its first suspected cases of African swine fever, just weeks after Slovakia said it had found the disease in a backyard herd. There’s also been a “distinct increase” in cases reported on pig farms in nations already affected, including Romania, Poland and Bulgaria, according to data compiled by the U.K. government.