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Brussels, 5 December 2001

New case of Classical Swine Fever in Spain: Commission adopts export restrictions

The European Commission has taken a decision to ban exports of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from Catalonia (Spain), in response to a new outbreak of classical swine fever (CSF). The new outbreak appears two weeks after the end of the application of restrictions introduced because of outbreaks of CSF in Spain between June and September of this year. The Commission decision will apply immediately and till 31 December. The Standing Veterinary Committee will review the situation at its next meeting, for the moment scheduled for 18-19 December 2001.

The Commission services were notified today of an outbreak of classical swine fever in a holding in the district (comarca) of Osona in the province of Barcelona in Catalonia. Spanish authorities have taken measures provided for in Council Directive 2001/89/EC of 23.10.2001 introducing Community measures for the control of Classical Swine Fever. The measures include the establishment of a 3 km protection zone and 10 km surveillance zone around the infected premise, a census of all holdings in both zones, as well as tracing the movements of live animals and vehicles on and off the premises in the previous two weeks.

The Commission services are in close and permanent contact with the Spanish authorities and have been kept fully informed of developments. The Standing Veterinary Committee will review all available information on the recent outbreak of CSF at the meeting for the moment scheduled for 18-19 December, when there should be a clearer picture of the scope of the outbreak and the effectiveness of the control measures adopted by the Spanish authorities.

For more information on Classical Swine Fever, see also MEMO/01/422 at:|0|RAPID&lg=EN&display=

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