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Eighth New Zealand farm tests positive for cattle disease

WELLINGTON, Nov 15 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Primary
Industries ministry said on Wednesday that an eighth farm in the
country's South Island has tested positive for the cattle
disease mycoplasma bovis, which can seriously affect animal
health.

The farm neighbours a property where the bacterial disease
was first detected in the world's biggest dairy exporter in
July.

Two other nearby farms suspected of being affected by the
disease were being tested and restrictions have been placed on
the movement of animals to prevent any spread, the Ministry of
Primary Industries said in a statement.

Mycoplasma bovis is common in many countries and can lead to
conditions such as udder infection, pneumonia and arthritis in
affected cattle, but does not pose a food safety risk or any
risk to humans.

The initial outbreak in July led to concerns that the
disease that could affect market access for New Zealand's diary
products, but led only to a brief dip in the New Zealand dollar.
(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; editing by Richard Pullin)

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