SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria is building a fence along its border with Romania to keep out wild boars that could carry the deadly infection African swine fewer to farm pigs and threaten the country's pork industry, the agriculture minister said on Tuesday.
While no case has yet been detected in Bulgaria, the spread of the disease in eastern Europe is causing concern in the Black Sea state.
Bulgaria's Hunters and Fishermen Union said its rough estimate of the cost of a potential outbreak of the disease to the industry was around 2 billion levs (£911.6 million).
The virus which causes African swine fever is harmless to humans and other animals. But for wild boar and farm pigs, the disease is deadly in almost all cases within 10 days. There is no vaccine against it.
Earlier this month Romania reported a massive outbreak at a breeding farm for pigs in the southern county of Tulcea. All 44,580 animals were culled.