About 3000 animals in Bulgaria have died from Bluetongue disease and 22 out of 26 districts in the country are affected.
This emerged on August 22 from statements by caretaker Agriculture Minister Vassil Grudev and Food Safety Agency head Plamen Mollov.
Speaking to public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television, Mollov said that, “this is a state of crisis and we are trying to manage this crisis as this is our role as an agency”.
He said that it was impossible to prevent the disease because it was spread by insects borne on the wind. Bulgaria had a similar outbreak of Bluetongue disease in 1999, Mollov said.
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