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The Swine Vesicular Disease Regulations 2009

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Imposing measures on suspicion of disease

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8.  (1)  An inspector must act in accordance with this regulation on suspicion that—

(a)a pig that is or has been infected with swine vesicular disease virus is on any premises (whether or not following a notification under these Regulations), or

(b)premises are contaminated with swine vesicular disease virus.

(2) The inspector must—

(a)serve a notice on the occupier designating those premises as suspect premises and imposing the measures in Schedule 1, and

(b)ensure that warning signs prohibiting entry are erected at suitable points around the premises.

(3) A veterinary inspector must begin an epidemiological inquiry to try to establish at least—

(a)the length of time that swine vesicular disease virus may have existed on the premises,

(b)the origin of that virus,

(c)the identification of other premises contaminated with that virus from the same source,

(d)the movement of any person or thing that could have carried that virus to or from the premises, and

(e)the possibility that pigs living in the wild may be involved in the spread of the virus,

and must continue the inquiry until these matters have been established so far as is practicable or the possibility of disease has been discounted.

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