Bulgaria to Conduct Second FMD Check

Business | January 28, 2011, Friday // 13:27|  views

Domestic animals from risky regions will be checked again for foot-and-mouth disease. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria will conduct a second check for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) of domestic animals in risky areas, the National Veterinary Service has announced.

The procedure is part of the measures the Bulgarian government has taken to fight the disease. The test are being repeated because the incubation period of FMD is 20 days.

Blood samples will be taken from domestic cloven-footed animals that are at risk of infection because of their location near the outbreaks of FMD – in the municipalities of Malko Tarnovo, Tsarevo, Sredets and Primorsko.

Next week, tests will be repeated for all wild boars in the dangerous regions.

The virus was first discovered in a wild hog, shot during hunting in the Bulgarian village of Kosti, on December 30, 2010. On January 11, the authorities began euthanizing 500 animals.

A second FMD case was discovered January 17 in the nearby village of Rezovo. All infected animals have been euthanized and the village has been put under 3-month quarantine.

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Tags: fmd, foot-and-mouth disease, virus, Kosti, Rezovo, National Veterinary Service


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