Suspect N-Irish samples free of FMD
Samples, taken from pig meat from a slaughterhouse in the county
of Antrim, Northern Ireland, are free of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), the
British Agricultural Department has said.
The suspicion of FMD
was risen early Tuesday morning, January 9th, after veterinary checks revealed foot lesions
in pigs in a slaughterhouse in Antrim.
The changes could be an indication
for a FMD outbreak, but also for Swine Vesicular Disease
, for which
the samples are also tested.
The samples have been sent for tests to the
Institute for Animal Health. Both the abattoir and the farm of origin have
In 2001, a FMD
outbreak in the UK led to a loss of many animals; total losses approached
altogether €12 billion. In Northern Ireland at the time, over 50,000 animals had
to be culled, mostly sheep.
Only days ago, FMD was discovered in
Israel, in goat and sheep. No outbreaks in pig herds have been
â€¢ Institute for Animal Health
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