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Anthrax is spreading in southern Italy, killing livestock on farms
as far as 50 kilometers (31 miles) from where 3 outbreaks were reported
a week ago ...
The illness killed cattle, sheep and horses on a further 10 farms southeast of Naples
in the Basilicata and Campania regions, the Italian Ministry of Health
said in an alert dated yesterday [22 Sep 2011] and published online by the
Paris-based World Organization of Animal Health, or OIE.
The disease killed livestock on 5 farms near the town of Corleto Perticara,
3 farms in the nearby village of Pietrapertosa and one in the town of Accettura,
with the outbreaks ranging from between 30 to 50 kilometers northeast of last week's,
according to the notice.
Italy also reported a new outbreak in Montesano sulla Marcellana, in addition to the 2 farms
reported as infected previously. Last week's notice also included a farm in Padula,
about 10 kilometers northwest of Montesano.
In the 10 newly reported cases, anthrax killed a total of 12 cattle, 4 horses or donkeys
and 10 sheep, the OIE said.
The origin of the infection is linked to the introduction of new live animals,
Italy reported in last week's notice, without providing details.
The anthrax cases reported last week were the 1st in Italy since
September 2008 [sic; should be 2009], according to the OIE.
The outbreak is continuing and measures in place include movement
controls for livestock and disinfection of infected premises, the animal-health group said.