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The Aujeszky’s Disease Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

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PART 5AREA CONTROLS

Protection zones

17.—(1) This Part applies where the Department declares any premises as infected premises.

(2) The Department shall declare a protection zone around the infected premises.

(3) The protection zone shall have a radius of at least five kilometres, centred on the part of the premises that the Department considers most appropriate for disease control.

(4) The Department shall ensure that—

(a)premises within a protection zone that contain pigs are identified as soon as practicable; and

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

(i)inspects and as necessary examines the pigs; and

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

(5) Schedule 2 sets out measures that apply in protection zones and breach of any of those measures is an offence.

(6) The Department may declare that any other measure necessary to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, the spread of disease, applies in respect of the whole or any part of any protection zone.

(7) Any premises partly inside a protection zone and partly in an area other than a protection zone shall be deemed to be wholly inside the protection zone.

(8) Nothing in paragraph (3) shall deem any part of any premises lying outside Northern Ireland to be within a protection zone.

Declaration of protection zones on confirmation of the disease in Northern Ireland

18.  A declaration of a zone under this Part—

(a)shall be in writing;

(b)shall designate the extent of the zone being declared;

(c)may be amended or revoked by further declaration at any time;

(d)will specify which of the provisions of Schedule 2 apply within that zone.

Ending of a protection zone

19.  The Department shall not revoke the declaration of the zone until—

(a)all necessary cleansing and disinfection and slaughter of pigs has been carried out at all premises in the zone on which disease has been confirmed;

(b)all premises with pigs have been visited by a veterinary inspector, who has—

(i)inspected and as necessary examined the pigs; and

(ii)collected such samples as the veterinary inspector considers necessary;

(c)all samples have been tested with negative results.

Declaration of protection zones on suspicion or confirmation of the disease in the Republic of Ireland

20.—(1) If the Department is satisfied that the disease may be present on premises in the Republic of Ireland it may declare an area to be a protection zone if those premises are situated within 5 kilometres of the border with Northern Ireland.

(2) A declaration under this article shall designate the extent of any protection zone declared and the Department shall ensure that—

(a)any such zone abuts the border with the Republic of Ireland;

(b)any protection zone extends from that border such that its boundary is at least five kilometres from the infected premises.

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