Swine vesicular disease found in Portugal
In the area of Monte Cevacedo (Alte Alentejo province) in East Portugal a pig
farm has been confirmed with Swine Vesicular disease
vesicular disease (SVD) is contagious disease caused by a virus. It was
first diagnosed and probably first appeared in Italy in 1966. There was much
speculation as to the origin of this apparently new disease, and some laboratory
data supported the idea that it was a new virus derived in part from a human
enterovirus. Clinically, SVD cannot be distinguished from FMD, and can only be
differentiated through laboratory test.
The farm in Portugal housed 1,812 pigs and the disease was
first noticed on June 7 and officially confirmed on June 26. All pigs have been
destroyed following the stamping out program. Lesions in the coronary bands were
observed during the stamping out procedures.
Directive 92/119 EEC introducing general Community measures for the control of
certain animal diseases and specific measures relating to that in the event of a
confirmed case of SVD require a protection zone of 3km radius from the infected
holding, and a surveillance zone of at least 10km radius.
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