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The Swine Vesicular Disease Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009

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Protection, surveillance and movement restriction zones

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29.—(1) This regulation applies where the Department confirms premises as infected premises.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3) the Department—

(a)shall declare a protection zone and a surveillance zone around the infected premises, and

(b)may declare a movement restriction zone.

(3) The Department may declare a zone where the infected premises are—

(a)a slaughterhouse,

(b)a veterinary surgery where a pig has been brought for examination, or

(c)any other place to which a pig has been brought temporarily and which the Department does not consider to be the centre of infection,

(4) A protection zone shall have a radius of at least three kilometres and a surveillance zone shall have a radius of at least ten kilometres, both centred on the part of the premises that the Department considers most appropriate for disease control purposes.

(5) The Department shall ensure that—

(a)premises within a protection zone or a surveillance zone that contain pigs are identified as soon as possible,

(b)a veterinary inspector visits all such premises that are within a protection zone, as soon as possible and—

(i)inspects and if necessary examines all the pigs at the premises; and

(ii)collects such samples as the veterinary inspector considers necessary.

(6) Schedule 2 shall apply in protection zones and surveillance zones, and it is an offence to fail to comply with any of these measures.

(7) The Department may declare any other measures necessary to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, the spread of swine vesicular disease virus apply in respect of the whole or any part of any protection zone or surveillance zone.

(8) Any premises—

(a)partly inside and partly outside a protection zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside that zone;

(b)partly inside a surveillance zone and partly in an area other than a protection zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside the surveillance zone;

(c)partly inside a movement restriction zone and partly in an area other than a protection or surveillance zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside the movement restriction zone.

(9) When the Department ends any protection zone, the area that formed that protection zone shall become part of the surveillance zone.

(10) Nothing in paragraph (8) shall deem any part of a premises lying outside Northern Ireland to be within a protection, surveillance or movement restriction zone.

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