Croatia was hit with a new outbreak of classical swine fever, the worst so far in the Balkans country, as some 3,600 pigs will be slaughtered to prevent the spread of the disease, the agriculture ministry has said.
Croatia's veterinary institute confirmed the presence of the swine fever virus at a farm near the eastern town of Dalj, where some 100 pigs have died so far, agriculture ministry spokesman Mladen Pavic said Sunday.
"All the remaining animals, more than 3,600 pigs, will be slaughtered on Monday," to prevent the spread of the disease, Pavic said.
In July Croatia was hit by the first outbreak of the classical swine fever since 2003. It turned into an epidemic but the veterinary authorities managed to bring it under control.
Since July some 2,500 pigs have been slaughtered in eastern Croatia.
"The total damage so far is estimated at some two million kunas (270,000 euros, 341,000 dollars)," Pavic said.
Swine fever is a highly contagious disease which is passed on through excrement or saliva. It does not affect other animal species or humans.