More Pigs Affected by FMD

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported finding more pigs affected by foot and mouth disease during routine surveillance.
calendar icon 19 March 2012
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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received Follow-up Report No. 2 on Friday, 16 March. The outbreak occurred at a farm in P'ing-Tung.

Out of a total of 1010 susceptible animals, 9 cases were reported. No deaths were recorded, and no pigs were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

During the routine active FMD serological surveillance, NSP antibodies were detected on one pig farm. The investigation showed that all pigs on the index farm were clinically healthy.

Fifteen serum and throat swab samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the national laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute).

The laboratory confirmed positive results with NSP antibody, whereas the results of virus isolation and RT-PCR were all negative. The serotype O was identified by using FMD ELISA kit.

The monitoring and epidemiological investigation of the index farm and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals are underway.

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