Russian FMD Outbreak Could Have Come from China

RUSSIA - The Russian veterinary authorities believe that an outbreak of foot and mouth disease that occurred in Transbaikal came from neighbouring China.
calendar icon 26 March 2013
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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.

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