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Danish Tests for Swine Fever Prove Negative

DENMARK - Two separate suspected cases of Classical Swine Fever in Denmark have been proved negative following tests carried out by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
calendar icon 29 September 2003
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The Agency confirmed yesterday (Sunday) that the final tests on the suspected pig in Blans in Jutland had proved negative and that preliminary tests on a second separate suspect case of swine fever in Odense were also negative.

"The final result of the laboratory tests associated with the suspicion on 24 September in a pig herd near Blans does not show any presence of classical swine fever," the regulator said in a statement.

Earlier in the week, Danish Crown, the world's leading pig meat exporter, reported it had closed down one of its biggest slaughterhouses in south-west Denmark after receiving a dead pig which showed signs of classical swine fever.

This was followed, on Friday, of the closure of another unit in Odense on the island of Funen after that facility identified a pig with symptoms of the disease. Preliminary results of tests from this pig are negative, but final results will not be know until Tuesday.

The last serious outbreak of Classical Swine Fever in Denmark was in 1933. Denmark exports around $3.7 billion of pig meat each year.

Source: Danish Crown/Danish Veterinary and Food Administration - 29th September 2003