LONDON (B)--United Kingdom government veterinarians Aug. 9 confirmed the first outbreak of swine fever in the country in 14 years.

Some 3,500 pigs at a farm in Suffolk, where the disease was discovered, are to be destroyed, a spokesman from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (MAFF) told reporters.

The spokesman said MAFF vets were alerted about the possibility of an outbreak Aug. 4.

"Final tests were carried out (Aug. 3) and we're now able to confirm that swine fever was found to be on a Suffolk farm," he added.

The spokesman said the pigs were supplied by a breeding unit in Norfolk.

Tests are also being carried out on pigs in a farm in Essex, also supplied by the Norfolk nursery, the spokesman said. "We're also carrying out tests on all pig farms in the surrounding areas," he added.

All pigs from the Suffolk farm are being traced and inspected and a protection zone of three kilometers has been placed around it. The spokesman said there was no known risk to human health from the disease.

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