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Caseous Lymphadentitis

Volume 175: debated on Thursday 28 June 1990

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for South Shields of 21 June, Official Report, column 652, whether the goats imported from Germany that were found to have caseous lymphadentitis were inspected by veterinarians for diseases other than foot and mouth, during their period of post-import quarantine; and if he will make a statement.

Animals in post-import quarantine are examined by official veterinarians on a number of occasions, including within 72 hours of the end of the quarantine period, for signs of notifiable disease. If, during the course of quarantine signs of other diseases are noted, a report must be made to the state veterinary service, and the owner of the quarantine premises can arrange for veterinary treatment as appropriate.