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More Foot Rot Detected in Norwegian Sheep

11 August 2015

NORWAY - A new outbreak of foot rot has been found in a sheep herd on Rennesøy in Rogaland.

The Food Safety Authority has so far quarantined over 30 herds that have had contact with this farm.

No transportation of animals is now allowed to or from these farms.

Foot rot is a contagious, chronic bacterial infection in the hooves of sheep. Animals that are infected can get severe lameness and severe pain.

"We hoped and thought we were rid of foot rot," said Hallgeir Herikstad, director of Region South and West FSA.

"We are rolling up our sleeves again and doing what it takes to prevent the disease from gaining a foothold again."

The farm that has been diagnosed with foot rot has had the disease twice before, and in both sheep and cattle. One of the cows from this farm was sold earlier this year to Haugalandet, and this cow has now tested positive for foot rot


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