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The sheep and goat pox outbreak detected in Oria has not spread to neighbouring farms.

The sheep and goat pox outbreak detected in Oria has not spread to neighbouring farms
Health authorities have visited 53 farms in the area where the first confirmed outbreak was detected in the province.

This Thursday, the first case of sheep and goat pox registered in the province of Almeria was detected in a livestock farm in the municipality of Oria.

The official veterinary services of the Junta de Andalucía immediately proceeded to take samples and send them to the Central Laboratory in Algete. The samples were confirmed positive by PCR-RT and sequencing for sheep pox virus.

The work of the official veterinary services of the OCA of Albox has been very intense, to the point that all the farms included in the protection radius, a total of 53, have already been visited, and no clinical signs compatible with sheep pox have been observed in any of them.

The slaughter of animals on the confirmed holding is scheduled for next Tuesday, followed by a thorough cleaning and disinfection of the site, in an area bordering the Granadian municipality of Cúllar, where outbreaks of sheep and goat pox had already been detected in the past.

As confirmed by the Delegate for Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development of the Andalusian Regional Government in Almeria, Antonio Mena, “the livestock confinement measures are being complied with, the work has been intense and exhaustive, thanks to the professionals involved and the collaboration of the livestock farmers included in the protection zone. It is essential that this and the other biosecurity measures established continue to be complied with in order to control the outbreak as quickly as possible”.

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