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Russia reports FMD on mixed farm with pigs near Chinese border

A Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak has been found on a private farm in the village of Usachevka, in the Primorye region, known as Primorsky Territory, in the far South East of the country.

The Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak affected six cows and one sheep, of the 240 cattle, 35 sheep, 12 goats and ten pigs, a spokesman for the territorial veterinary administration told Russian press agency Itar-Tass.

The source of the outbreak is currently unknown. Usachevka is approximately 45 km from the border between Russia and China.

Primorsky Krai is part of the buffer zone where cattle and small livestock are annually vaccinated against FMD.

Currently, measures are taken to stop the spread of the disease, including inoculation of the cattle. A disinfecting station has been installed at a road leading to the settlement. Specialists are trying to find the sources of the disease.

The last FMD epidemic in the Primorsky Territory was registered in the fall of 2005. FMD cases were then reported in nine settlements.

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