EU Experts Visit Bulgarian FMD-Affected RegionBulgaria in EU | January 17, 2011, Monday // 08:28| views
Bulgaria's Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, says foot-and-mouth decease is not harmful for people and dismissed fears it can spread through milk and meat sold in grocery stores. Photo by BGNES
Experts from Brussels are expected in Bulgaria Monday to visit the country's southeastern region over the spread of foot-and-mouth disease (FDM).
The results from the FDM tests from animals in the village of Rezovo are also expected Monday.
The farm animals have been gathered into one stable for prevention and over the possibility there might be a need to immediately slaughter them after the results are received.
The village of Rezovo is very close to the Turkish border, which reinforces the premise the disease came from south of the border. Local farmers are blaming the lack of control over the border allowing for animals from Turkey to freely cross it.
The entire municipality of Tsarevo, where Rezovo and the other infected village, Kosti, are located, has just 2 vets.
A disinfection station has already been opened 3 kilometers from the border; there is 24-hours a day control, and movement is limited.
Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, and Agriculture Minister, Miroslav Naydenov, have promised on several occasions 100% compensations to affected farmers. Borisov further informs the European Commission has been approached regarding these payments.
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