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UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report - October-December 2008

by 5m Editor
31 March 2009, at 12:00am

The latest report from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) highlights a downturn in the incidence of PMWS but increased incidence of swine dysentery in East Anglia and PRRS continue to be of concern. There have been no outbreaks of Notifiable Diseases or zoonoses associated with pigs.

Quarterly Surveillance Report Pigs: Q4 2008
October-December 2008
Published February 2009

Contents

HIGHLIGHTS

INTRODUCTION TO GB REPORT

OVERVIEW PIG DEMOGRAPHICS AND DIAGNOSTIC SUBMISSION RATES NOTIFIABLE DISEASES REPORTED FARM VISIT INVESTIGATIONS FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS

ENDEMIC DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

UNUSUAL AND NEW DISEASES

SYNDROMIC DISEASE SURVEILLANCE

SCANNING SURVEILLANCE FOR NEW AND EMERGING DISEASE

Highlights

  • There have been no outbreaks of Notifiable Disease or zoonoses associated with pigs.
  • There were no food safety incidents involving pigs in England, Wales or Scotland.
  • There has been a statistically significant decrease in the diagnosis of PMWS in 2008 compared with 2007, which supports field and published data on the efficacy of PCV2 vaccination. Further evidence that one of the UK's major diseases of pigs is being controlled is very encouraging to the industry.
  • The increased incidence of swine dysentery in East Anglia continues to be of concern but the production of a Producers Charter as an industry approach to control is welcome and hopefully will be supported by the Rural Development Agency.
  • There is some welcome news regarding pig meat prices and it is very encouraging to see a major retailer switching to purchasing 100 per cent British pig meat.
  • PRRS continues to be of concern to the industry where its immunosuppressive effects underlie other diseases.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.


March 2009