Smallpox in a sheep breeding unit in the area of ​​Malesina, in Fthiotidawas identified by the competent veterinary authorities.

More detailed information from Ministry of Rural Development and Food:

Following information from the competent veterinary authority, the presence of sheep pox was suspected in sheep farming in Malesini Municipal Unit, Lokron Municipality, Fthiotida Regional Unit, Central Greece Region.

Samples were then sent, laboratory tests were carried out at the Directorate of the Veterinary Center of Athens (national reference laboratory for the disease) and upon completion of these on 08/12/2023, the results were positive.

From the competent veterinary services of the Ministry of Rural Development and Food and the local veterinary authorities of P.E. In Fthiotida, all the necessary measures have been taken to deal with the disease, specifically:

The activation of the National Center for Disease Control and the National Team of Specialists for Smallpox of sheep and goats at the Ministry of Rural Development and Food as well as the Local Center for Disease Control to deal with the disease in P.E. Fthiotida as provided for in article 7 of the Emergency Response Plan for the fight against Smallpox in sheep and goats (Decision 258933/05.08.2008 Official Gazette B΄ 1662 18.08.2008).

The necessary measures provided for in the above plan as well as the current EU legislation (Delegating Regulation (EU) 687/2020) namely:

a) Measures on the contaminated farm.

b) Measures in the Fthiotida Regional Unit.

c) Demarcation of Protection and Surveillance zones around the infected farm.

d) Measures in the above zones.

e) Conducting epidemiological research.

By order of the Minister of Rural Development and Food, Lefteris Avgenakis, the General Secretary of Rural Development and Food, Giorgos Stratakos, the Director General of Veterinary Medicine, Makis Alexandropoulos, and competent officials are immediately going to the area where the case was detected, so that in cooperation with the veterinary authorities of the Region of Central Greece, to ensure the implementation of all the planned plans to deal with the disease as well as that all the required measures are observed to the maximum extent.

It is recalled that the smallpox virus of sheep and goats is NOT COMMUNICABLE TO HUMANS AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH PUBLIC HEALTH.