FMD Breaks Out in Taiwanese Swine

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in swine.
calendar icon 17 August 2010
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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday. The report states that outbreak first started on 10 August and was confirmed yesterday, 16 August.

OIE reports that a total of eight animals were affected while 1,428 were described as 'susceptible' to the disease.

The source of the outbreak is still inconclusive.

During the routine active surveillance in the livestock markets, two pigs were found NSP antibody-positive. The prefecture animal disease control competent authority traced back to the farm of origin. The clinical investigation showed that all pigs on farm were clinically healthy.

Samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the National Laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute). The laboratory confirmed eight positive results for NSP and all negative for virus isolation and RT-PCR.

A total of three pig farms within a one-kilometre radius of the index farm have been under vigilant monitoring and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection has been found.

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