Hundreds of infect pigs in the southern Russian region of Kuban will be slaughtered by health authorities following the detection of the African Pig Plague in the animals. reports that nearly 1,000 animals at a local swine farm will be destroyed to prevent the spread of the disease.

Pig Plague is also known as classical swine fever or hog cholera. Although not dangerous to humans, pork infected with the disease is unsafe for human consumption. The disease first appeared in the region five years ago before spreading to Armenia, Georgia, Russia and Ukraine.

Health officials destroyed more than 5,000 animals in November, the last major outbreak of the pig plague in the region.

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