Sunday, 25 July 2010

Foot and Mouth comes to Russia

A pig farm in southern Russia has had its herd of 204 pigs destroyed, after an outbreak of foot and mouth disease, the Emergency Ministry press service announced Thursday.

The carcass of a wild boar, which had died of the disease, was found in the area in May, prompting concerns about the spread of the highly infectious virus. Other wild boar in the area were culled, to contain the spread.

An outbreak of the disease in Britain in 2001 decimated farming communities and caused colossal financial losses.

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