Bulgaria has said it will build a wire fence along its border with Turkey to stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.
The government said Thursday the fence will be completed on the 210-kilometre (131 mile) border by October. During the Cold War, the border had a barbed-wire fence. Bulgaria joined NATO in 2004 and most of the fence was removed.Recent outbreaks of the disease in Bulgaria’s southeast forced authorities to slaughter nearly 1,000 farm animals. The disease is believed to have been carried from Turkey by wild animals.