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UK Pig Disease Quarterly Surveillance Report (to March 2006)

by 5m Editor
13 May 2006, at 12:00am

By Veterinary Laboratories Agency - This report monitors trends in the major endemic pig diseases and utilises the farmfile and VIDA (Veterinary Investigation Disease Analysis) databases. The report is compiled using disease data gathered by the network of 15 VLA regional laboratories which carry out disease investigation in the field.

Quarterly Surveillance Report Pigs: Vol.10 No.1
January - March 2006
Published May 2006

Contents

OVERVIEW (here)

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES:

ZOONOSES & FOOD SAFETY:

SCANNING SURVEILLANCE FOR NEW & EMERGING DISEASES:

PUBLICATIONS

Highlights: First Quarter 2006

  • No emerging diseases identified although diagnostic submissions increase.

  • PMWS and other PCV2-associated disease diagnoses continue to decline although the trend persists for such diseases to occur more often in finishers.

  • PMWS diagnosed in a red river hog (Potomochoerus porcus), possibly the first report of PMWS in a species other than Sus scrofa.

  • The relatively dry weather may have resulted in less respiratory disease.

Overview

The GB DAPP (GB Deadweight Average Pig Price) declined from around 102p/kg dw at the start of January to just below 100p/kg at the end of March. Further details on DAPP and other pig industry topics are available on the BPEX website: http://www.bpex.org

NOTIFIABLE DISEASES:

No suspect incidents of swine fever or Aujeszky’s disease were reported that required statutory laboratory investigations.

ZOONOSES AND FOOD SAFETY: FOOD SAFETY INCIDENTS

No suspect incidents involving poisoning of pigs were reported.

SALMONELLAS & SALMONELLOSIS:

Salmonella incidents
The number of Salmonella Typhimurium incidents recorded for the first quarter of 2006 remained low, similar to the first and fourth quarters of 2005 with no appreciable trend differences.

Zoonoses Action Plan (ZAP)

ZAP investigation visits are now available to producers in ZAP category 2 as well as those in category 3. Recent visits have shown deficiencies on half the farms in their cleansing and disinfecting regimes – for example salmonellas were isolated from pens reportedly cleansed and disinfected.

BRUCELLOSIS

Brucellas were not isolated under the surveillance initiative to provide evidence that pig herds remain free of Brucella suis; an organism that has never been isolated from pigs or hares in the UK.

STREPTOCOCCAL INFECTIONS AND DISEASE

Streptococcus suis isolates
No reports were received of human infections. Twenty six Streptococcus suis isolates were serotyped this quarter as tabulated. Not all isolates represent disease incidents, however these followed previous patterns of streptococcal disease.

Further Information

To read the full 7 page pdf report Click Here

May 2006