9/10/2010

A government audit found weaknesses in the way quarantine facilities operated by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service handle imported animals that potentially carry infectious diseases. "In two instances, we found that birds infected with Exotic Newcastle Disease and at least one horse infected with Contagious Equine Metritis had entered the country and spread the diseases to other animals," noted the report, which offered recommendations to improve the animal-import process.

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