New Outbreak of African Swine Fever in Velingrad Municipality

An outbreak of African Swine Fever has been confirmed after a laboratory test of a dead wild boar in Arnautska Polyana area, the Municipality of Velingrad said on August 20. In order to prevent the spread of the disease, the Municipal Epizootic Commission has decided to suspend logging, to ban visits of tourists and to ban picking of mushrooms, herbs, and berries.

Anti-mosquito measures advised

The Athens Medical Association (ISA) is urging the public to take all necessary precautions in view of the spread of West Nile virus.
In a statement Friday, ISA advised people to spray insect repellent on their skin and clothing, and to use mosquito nets, fans or air conditioners and yellow bug lights.

West Nile virus death toll since June rises to six

The number of deaths caused by West Nile virus in Greece so far this year has risen to six, according to the weekly report by the National Health Organization (EODY), which was published Wednesday.
The report said the number of cases of the mosquito-borne virus recorded since June was 49 - 14 in the last week alone. The six people who died were all over the age of 60.

Serbia reports suspected African swine fever cases in backyard pigs

Serbia has reported four suspected outbreaks of African swine fever among backyard pigs, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Monday.
Three of the cases were detected in the Belgrade area and one in the district of Podunavski, the OIE said, citing a report from Serbia's agriculture ministry.

Biologists Have Discovered 11 New Species of Rain Frogs in the Andes

They are all on the verge of extinction

Papal Catholic University biologists have discovered 11 species of amphibians in the Ecuadorian Andes that were previously unknown to science, according to UPI and BTA. They all belong to the rain frog family and are on the verge of extinction.