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Swine fever: Lazio outbreak different from Piedmont and Liguria

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(ANSA) – TURIN, 03 AUG – The genetic investigations conducted by the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute (Izs) of Abruzzo and Molise based in Teramo, have established with certainty that the outbreak of African swine fever (Psa) that has affected the suidae in Rome and Lazio it is of a cluster with a different viral genotype compared to the cluster responsible for the spread of the disease in Piedmont and Liguria. This was reported by the Izs of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta The analyzes, according to what is explained in a note, “show without a shadow of a doubt that the two outbreaks are not connected to each other as they are due to introductions of the virus of origin different”.

“It is a positive fact – state the Undersecretary of State to the Ministry of Health delegated to the PSA emergency, Andrea Costa and the extraordinary Commissioner of the PSA emergency, Angelo Ferrari -, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the containment and isolation actions carried out on the territory Piedmontese and Ligurian in the field of control and contrast to the spread of the disease.

The difference between the two viruses, in fact, has also been recognized at the biomolecular level. Although they belong to the same strain, the two viruses, in fact, have different mutations “.

“The one provided by the Teramo Institute – continues the Izs of Piedmont, Liguria and Valle d’Aosta – is an encouraging fact in the fight for the eradication of the disease and demonstrates the goodness of the work carried out by the national network of experimental zooprophylactic institutes “(ANSA).

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