CHILE: Fatal sheep disease reaches Patagonia
Southern Chile's important sheep farming industry is on the alert following the discovery of the Maedi visna virus in local livestock. As a preliminary step, the country's Agricultural and Cattle Service (SAG) has placed stringent restrictions on the operations of nine Patagonian sheep farms. Several other farms are also expected to be affected by the restrictions, which seek to quarantine infected herds by preventing farmers from moving or selling diseased sheep.
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