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Taiwan Culls 1000 Pigs After Worst Foot-and-Mouth Outbreak

by VR Sreeraman on December 23, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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 Taiwan Culls 1000 Pigs After Worst Foot-and-Mouth Outbreak

Taiwan slaughtered nearly 1,000 pigs following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, which is termed to be island's worst epidemic in more than 14 years.

The pigs were culled earlier this week at a farm in the southern city of Tainan after showing symptoms of the disease.

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Altogether 983 out of the 2,667 pigs on the farm were culled and the rest were vaccinated, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine said in a statement.

No foot-and-mouth symptoms have been found so far in animals at 11 other farms within a three-kilometre (1.8-mile) radius of the affected farm, it said.
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More than three million pigs were slaughtered in 1997 in the wake of a foot-and-mouth epidemic.

The highly contagious virus affects cattle, pigs, sheep and other cloven-hoofed livestock. It is not usually fatal, but an outbreak leads to losses in the production of meat and milk.

Source: AFP
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