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The Aujeszky’s Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

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CHAPTER 1Scope of Part II and initial controls

Scope of PART II

6.  This Part applies to all premises other than slaughterhouses.

Initial Controls following notification

7.—(1) This article shall apply where the Department is notified under article 5 of a suspect pig or carcase and a veterinary inspector considers that further investigation relating to the possible presence of disease is necessary.

(2) The veterinary inspector shall orally or by notice inform the keeper of the suspect pig or carcase that further investigation is necessary, and the controls in paragraph (3) and (4) then apply.

(3) Except as permitted in writing by a veterinary inspector, the person in possession or charge of a notified pig or carcase shall ensure that—

(a)the notified pig or carcase is not moved from the premises where it is; and

(b)no other pig or carcase or anything likely to spread Aujeszky’s Disease virus is moved from or to those premises, and

failure to do so is an offence.

(4) Except as permitted in writing by a veterinary inspector, the person in possession or charge of a notified pig or carcase shall ensure that any person—

(a)who has been in contact with any pig or carcase on the premises; or

(b)has been on any part of the premises that may be contaminated with Aujeszky’s Disease virus,

takes all biosecurity precautions notified by the inspector under paragraph (2) to reduce the risk of spreading disease or Aujeszky’s Disease virus, before leaving the premises.

(5) This article shall apply until a veterinary inspector confirms by notice that the controls in paragraph (3) and (4) no longer apply.

Imposing measures on suspicion of disease

8.—(1) This article applies where an inspector suspects—

(a)that a pig is diseased or a pig or carcase is or has been infected with Aujeszky’s Disease virus; or

(b)Aujeszky’s Disease virus may be present in the premises.

(2) The inspector shall serve a notice on the keeper or on the owner or the occupier of the premises if different, declaring those premises to be suspect infected premises.

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