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'Exercise Wild Boar' to test NT disease response

AUSTRALIA - A simulated outbreak of swine fever is being played out across the Northern Territory today and tomorrow.
calendar icon 23 October 2007
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Vets, stock inspectors, quarantine officials and wildlife rangers are amongst those taking part in Exercise Wild Boar.

Chief veterinary officer, Dr Brian Radunz, says the exercise will test the response to a potential outbreak in the 4 million feral pigs roaming the Territory.

"Swine fever is a viral disease of pigs which can vary from very rapid death to very mild signs to maybe 5-10 per cent of the pigs dying," he said.

Source: ABCNews