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Foot and mouth in France



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AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

18/74

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PRESS STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH ,

DR D.N. EVERINGHAM

FOOT AND MOUTH IN FRANCE ■ j

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Quarantine o ffio e re o f.th e A ustralian Department of Health are taking '

f u l l precautions with a i r passengers a rriv in g in A u stra lia from France, i

follow ing an outbreak of fo o t and mouth d ise ase in th a t country.

The M inister fo r H ealth, Dr D.N. Bveringham, said today the rep o rt .

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of the outbreak was received a t the week-end/ and the Department introduced .

the e x tra precautions immediately. .

The M in ister said th a t sp e cia l care was being taken, to check baggage .

fo r meat and m ateria l of animal o rig in , which could carry the v iru s of foot

and mouth d ise a s e . . (

Ho said the sp e c ia l precautions would apply fo r six weeks, when the

S itu a tio n would be reviewed.

Meanwhile the B ritish Ministry of Agriculture, F isheries and Food has

advised the Australian Department of Health that they consider the Channel

Islands are now free o f.fo o t and mouth d isea se, and Australian precautions with

tr a v e lle r s from the island s have been lif t e d .

Canberra, Mareh 18,