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FMD Breaks Out in Primorskiy Kray

16 March 2012

RUSSIA - Dr Nicolay Vlasov, CVO of Veterinary services at Russia's Ministry of Agriculture and Food has reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Primorskiy Kray.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received up Follow-up Report No. 1 yesterday, 15 March. The affected population consists of cattle.

A total of 369 cattle were found susceptible to the outbreak. Out of these, 82 cases were reported. No deaths were reported, and no animals were destroyed.

Foot and mouth disease virus was found on a private farm in the village of Pospelovka. Sick animals in the village have been isolated. Measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the disease. The village of Pospelovka is located 30 km from the border with China.

Four kilometers away from the village, a highway of federal importance runs. Oktyabrsky raion is part of the “buffer zone”, therefore all animals are vaccinated annually twice a year against foot and mouth disease. The results of nucleotide sequencing followed by a phylogenetic analysis (15/03/2012) showed that the FMD isolate from Pospelovka belongs to O PanAsia genetic lineage.

The source of the outbreak is still under investigation.


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