Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) (EFE) sheep pox.
Martínez Arroyo recalled that the movement of milk is allowed and that the disease does not affect it.
During a visit to Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real) on Wednesday, Martínez Arroyo confirmed the existence of up to seven outbreaks of sheep pox located in different livestock farms in the region, which would affect a total of some 50,000 head of cattle, the last one in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real).
This outbreak has been located in a feedlot in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real), facilities with the capacity to house up to 8,000 head of cattle.
For this reason, Martínez Arroyo has specified that analyzes have been carried out on different farms that have been in contact with the Alcázar de San Juan feedlot, to “make a general sweep” and whose results determine whether or not other farms have been affected. sheep and goats from this area of the province of Ciudad Real or other farms in the province.
The head of Agriculture has stressed that the regional government has already paid 4 million euros in compensation to the farms directly affected and has added that they are collaborating with the sector, for which they have decided to launch aid for the replacement of help farmers to introduce new animals on their farms when sheep pox is solved.
The Alcázar de San Juan feedlot with sheep pox had 8,100 lambs
The feedlot that was detected in Alcázar de San Juan (Ciudad Real) with animals positive for sheep pox had a load of 8,100 lambs, as reported by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) in its latest update report on the situation.
The dossier details that the Official Veterinary Services (SVO) detected the presence of clinical symptoms and lesions compatible with the disease in said feedlot and, after the pertinent analyses, the positive result for sheep pox virus was confirmed by PCR.
26 outbreaks of sheep pox in Spain
With this, there are already 26 outbreaks declared in Spain since the first one was declared in September last year in Benamaurel (Granada).
Specifically, 12 have been declared in the province of Granada, one in Almería, 12 in Cuenca and one in Ciudad Real, according to MAPA data.
Of these, three outbreaks remain with restricted zones in force: two located in the province of Cuenca (municipalities of Tébar and La Alberca de Záncara) and the last notified in the province of Ciudad Real.
The Ministry has highlighted that the authorities of Castilla-La Mancha have adopted “immediately” the pertinent measures, among which are the slaughter of animals, the elimination of corpses in the transformation plant and the official cleaning and disinfection of The explotion.
Likewise, a five-kilometre protection zone and a 20-kilometre surveillance zone have been established, with reinforcement of biosecurity and surveillance measures in the sheep and goat farms located in both, as well as the application of measures to restrict the movement of animals and products.
Finally, an investigation is being carried out to try to identify the origin of the infection, as well as the possible risk contacts that may have occurred.
Sheep/goat smallpox is a disease that is not transmissible to humans, neither by direct contact with animals, nor through products derived from them.