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Re: Foot and Mouth disease

This was just posted on AOL news...
N.C. Foot-and-Mouth Tests Are Negative, USDA Says

.c The Associated Press

(March 30) - Tests on a suspected North Carolina foot-and-mouth case came out
negative, the U.S. Agriculture Department says.

Samples of dead hog tissue were sent to federal agriculture officials to be
tested for the disease, a spokesman for the North Carolina Department of
Agriculture said. The suspicious case is in Martin County.

Tissue samples from a dead hog were flown Thursday night from Robersonville
Packing, to a USDA lab in New York, department spokesman Jim Knight said.

Knight said a state agriculture inspector at the packing plant in
Robersonville, 78 miles east of Raleigh, saw dead animals and became
concerned because of heightened awareness in the state about the disease.

She contacted a USDA inspector who agreed samples should be taken. They were
flown to the isolated federal lab on Plum Island, in the Long Island Sound,
the only facility where foot-and-mouth testing is done.

Another sample was taken from a Sampson County market, southeast of Raleigh,
and sent to the federal lab, Knight said.

He said the packing plant and the Sampson County market may both have been
served by the same trucking company. ''The hauling equipment may have been to
both locations,'' he said.

The Robersonville plant has been quarantined.

Carol in CT z6/5

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