FMD-Positive Pigs Found in Taiwan

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported finding FMD-positive pigs from three farms in the Nan-T'ou and T'ai-Nan regions during routine surveillance.
calendar icon 6 March 2012
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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Saturday, 3 March 2012. According to the report received, the affected population consists of pigs.

Out of a total of 3653 susceptible pigs, 34 cases were identified. No deaths were recorded, and no animals were destroyed.

During the routine active FMD surveillance, NSP antibodies were detected on three pig farms. The investigation showed that all pigs on those farms were clinically healthy. Serum and throat swab samples for serological tests and virus detection were collected and sent to the national laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute).

The laboratory confirmed positive results of NSP antibody, whereas the results of virus isolation and RT-PCR were all negative. The monitoring and epidemiological investigations of the index farms and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals have been completed and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.

The source of the outbreak has not been deduced.

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