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China Resolves FMD Issue

15 March 2010

CHINA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports that China has resolved the foot and mouth disease issue.

The Chinese veterinary authorities sent Follow-up Report No. 1 to the OIE on Thursday, 11 March 2010. The FMD virus was first detected on 22 February 2010 in swine and confirmed on 28 February 2010.

According to the report, the causal agent of the disease is foot and mouth disease virus, serotype-O. The source of the outbreak is still unknown.

After this event, the prefecture animal disease control competent authority traced back to the farms of origin. Movement restrictions and clinical and epidemiological surveillance were implemented. The health condition of the farms of origin is normal.

Negative results of NSP ELISA, RT-PCR and virus isolation conclude that this outbreak is completely resolved. Movement restrictions on the farms of origin were lifted on 25 February 2010.



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