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Italy Bans Truffle Hunting After Swine Fever Outbreak Poses Risk

  • Officials halted activities to keep illness from spreading
  • Market for delicacy has already been upended by the pandemic

In an unusual twist of culinary fortunes, a swine-disease outbreak in Italy means the harvest season for its renowned truffles is getting cut short.

African swine fever was detected in wild boar this month in the country’s northwest. To quell further spread of the illness, which is highly contagious and fatal for pigs, officials issued a six-month ban on activities from mushroom-collecting to hunting and mountain biking to keep people from areas where the boar roam.