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J STATEMENT BY f l THE MINISTER FOR v f If PRIMARY INDUSTRY

6 November 1979

CANBERRA

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(STATEMENT BY THE HON. P.J. NIXON, MINISTER FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRY)

Exotic Pig Disease ;

The Minister for Primary Industry, Mr Peter Nixon, said today

that no evidence of foot and mouth disease, or any other known

vesicular disease, had been found in any of the samples obtained

from pigs involved in the recent exotic disease alert in Tasmania.

Mr Nixon said the Director of the Animal Virus Institute.at

Pirbright, had advised the Australian Bureau of Animal Health

that all tests on material from the pigs in Tasmania had been

negative.

"The Animal Virus Institute advised that all tests, including

animal inoculations, had proved that foot and mouth disease and

other known vesicular diseases were not present", he said.

"No further cases oi suspect vesicular disease or any other '

suspicious disease, have occurred in the field in the suspect

area, despite intensive surveillance of more than 15,000

animals." .

Mr Nixon said the Consultative Committee on Exotic Animal Diseases

would be conferring tomorrow and making immediate recommendations

to the Australian Agricultural Council on the time for lifting

of quarantine and movement restrictions.

He said countries overseas were being informed of the final

Pirbright diagnosis.

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