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Brussels, 20 February 2002

Classical Swine Fever in Luxembourg: export of pigs banned

The Standing Veterinary Committee today voted in favour of a European Commission proposal to ban the export of live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos from Luxembourg and to prohibit the transit of live pigs through Luxembourg, in response to outbreaks of classical swine fever (CSF). CSF is a highly infectious viral disease of swine but poses no risk to humans. Similar restrictions have been adopted in the past in relation to outbreaks in several other Member States. The proposal will now be adopted by the Commission and will apply until 15 March. The situation will be reviewed at the next meeting of the Committee, scheduled for 5-6 March.

An outbreak of classical swine fever in a holding in the east of Luxembourg has been confirmed on 16 February 2002. Today, during the meeting of the Standing Veterinary Committee (SVC), two new outbreaks, one in the north and one in the south of Luxembourg have been confirmed. The Luxembourg 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 (CSF). 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. In addition, a complete standstill of pigs has been introduced by Luxembourg.

However, due to the situation still evolving , the Commission decided to adopt interim EU measures banning the export of all live pigs and porcine semen, ova and embryos and prohibiting the transit of pigs through Luxembourg until the situation becomes clearer. The Commission remains in close and permanent contact with the Luxembourg authorities and will be kept fully informed of further developments. Belgium, France and Germany have also ensured assistance to Luxembourg to cope with this emergency.

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

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