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Russian FMD Outbreak Could Have Come from China

26 March 2013

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities believe that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease that occurred in Transbaikal came from neighbouring China.

Rosselkhoznador said that tests carried out by the regional reference laboratory of the OIE - the Federal Centre for Animal Health confirmed that the virus in Transbaikal was type A.

The veterinary authority said that China has reported two outbreaks of type A FMD this year - one in the south east province of Guangdong and the other in the central province of Qinghai.

The Russian authorities set up a buffer zone around the Transbaikal outbreak, which was reported a week ago, 25km from the Chinese border.

And Rosselkhoznador added that it cannot be certain that the incidence of type A FMD are actually greater than have been officially reported.

TheCattleSite News Desk

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