The Netherlands steps up measures against German swine fever

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman announced measures to control pigs from western Germany where outbreaks of swine fever have occurred at several sites.

Dutch health services are to check all pigs arriving from the affected region and will carry out tests at places in The Netherlands where pigs at risk had been handled during the last six weeks.

The measures were intended to prevent the spread of swine fever to The Netherlands, the minister's office said.

The presence of swine fever, which is contagious but does not affect other species of animal nor people, was confirmed on Monday at three breeding sites in North Rhine Westfalia.

Source: TodayOnline
calendar icon 8 March 2006
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