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The Swine Vesicular Disease (Wales) Regulations 2009

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Measures following suspicion — contact premises

10.—(1) This regulation applies where a veterinary inspector suspects that swine vesicular disease virus exists on any premises and this suspicion arises out of the fact that the premises have an epidemiological link with infected premises.

(2) If any pig on the suspect premises shows clinical signs of swine vesicular disease the Welsh Ministers must serve a notice declaring the suspect premises to be infected premises.

(3) If no pig on the suspect premises shows clinical signs of swine vesicular disease the Welsh Ministers must assess the risk of swine vesicular disease virus being present on the suspect premises, taking account of the degree of contact between the suspect premises and the infected premises, and on the basis of the assessment must either—

(a)kill all the pigs on the suspect premises without further confirmation of the existence of the disease on those premises and without declaring the premises to be infected premises, or

(b)monitor the pigs on the suspect premises for at least 28 days.

(4) The Welsh Ministers must serve a notice declaring the suspect premises to be infected premises if tests demonstrate that the premises—

(a)contain or contained a pig that is infected with swine vesicular disease virus, or

(b)contain a pig that is seropositive for swine vesicular disease virus.

(5) If the Welsh Ministers do not declare the suspect premises to be infected premises the Welsh Ministers must assess when the measures in Schedule 1 can be lifted.

(6) On the basis of the assessment the Welsh Ministers must decide what actions (including if necessary cleansing and disinfection and re-stocking with sentinel pigs) must be carried out before the measures in Schedule 1 can be lifted, and notify the occupier of these (if not all the pigs were killed on the premises, the measures in Schedule 1 may not be lifted during the 28 day monitoring period).

(7) The Welsh Ministers must remove the measures in Schedule 1 when satisfied that the actions notified to the occupier have been carried out.

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