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Friday, May 27, 2011

FAO : African swine fever spreading into Europe

Another article from Xinhua, excerpt :

" ROME, May 26 : African swine fever, a viral disease deadly to pigs but harmless to human beings, is spreading beyond Russia and the Caucasus region into Europe, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday.

"African swine fever is fast becoming a global issue," said Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization.

"It now poses an immediate threat to Europe and beyond. Countries need to be on the alert and to strengthen their preparedness and contingency plans," he said.

The disease, for which there is currently no vaccine, was introduced into Georgia from southern Africa late in 2006."

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