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Colombia Reports New Outbreak

06 August 2009

COLOMBIA - The veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The Colombian veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification to OIE dated 4 August.

The report covers the discovery of FMD in a group of pigs at a local slaughterhouse of Ipiales in the state of Nariño, which is in the south-west of the country, just 5 km from the border with Ecuador.

Nine pigs about six months old were affected, and all of them were destroyed. A group of 22 cattle with them showed no clinical signs of FMD.

Columbia had been clear of FMD since September 2008.



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