Farm Ireland

Friday 27 April 2018

Three false alarms on FMD so far this year

Caitriona Murphy

Caitriona Murphy

Department of Agriculture officials have confirmed they have investigated two suspected Foot and Mouth (FMD) cases involving three separate farms this year.

The cases, which were subsequently found to be negative for FMD, were all on suckler units.

In the first case, animals from two different farms were presented at a local abattoir and found to have lesions on the tongue at post mortem examination.

In line with the Department of Agriculture standard procedure for a suspect case in an abattoir, both farms of origin were immediately investigated.

However there were no signs of disease in the animals on the farms of origin, so the suspicion of FMD was ruled out.

The second case involved a six-month old calf that was presented for post-mortem at a regional veterinary laboratory. The calf had suspicious lesions on its tongue and feet, while other animals in the same group had become lame in the previous week.

The farm was immediately investigated, following strict biosecurity procedures and all movements from the farm were restricted. The group was sampled and tested for FMD and for a range of other diseases that can produce similar signs.

However all samples were negative for FMD and also for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, Bovine Herpes Virus 1, Malignant Catarrhal Fever and Bluetongue.

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Department of Agriculture officials normally deal with five to 10 suspect disease notifications each year.

Irish Independent