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Algeria Reports New FMD Outbreak

29 July 2014

ALGERIA - The Algerian veterinary authorities have reported a fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease at a fattening cattle farm located in Setif.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Sunday, 27 July. According to the report, the outbreak took place at a fattening cattle farm where the animals were introduced illegally from Tunisia. Clinical signs include fever, blisters, lameness and mammary lesions.

The report states that a total of 14 animals were found susceptible, out of which four cases were reported. No deaths were recorded. The four infected animals were slaughtered.

Several control measures have been applied to contain the situation. Besides the usual control measures, other precautionary measures include

  • closing of livestock markets in the affected wilayah and the neighboring wilayahs
  • ban on movement of animals within the infected wilayah
  • movement control in the neighboring wilayahs
  • and investigations have been strengthened.

According to the OIE, the outbreak has occurred in an area of high concentration of cattle, in a 20 km2 area, this being an area of high concentration of fattening cattle.

Illegal movement of animals has been identified as the main cause of the outbreak.

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