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Swine vesicular disease reported in Portugal

An outbreak of swine vesicular disease has occurred in Portugal, the country's ministry of agriculture confirmed last week. This is the first occurrence of the disease there, resulting in the destruction of 1,812 pigs on a farm in Beja, the capital of Alentejo. The source of the virus is unknown, but tests are ongoing. Scientists say that lesions in the coronary bands were observed during stamping out procedures. Control measures that have been applied include screening, disinfection of infected premises, dipping and spraying and zoning.

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