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Nebraska Declared Free of Pseudorabies

by 5m Editor
24 April 2003, at 12:00am

LINCOLN - Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Merlyn Carlson has announced this week that Nebraska is now officially free of Pseudorabies (Aujeszky's Disease).

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"This is wonderful news for Nebraska and the swine industry to be declared pseudorabies free. Nebraska has been battling this extremely contagious swine disease for 22 years," said Carlson.

This designation means that every swine herd in Nebraska is now considered negative for Pseudorabies, an extremely contagious virus that causes reproductive and respiratory problems, including abortion, stillbirths, and even occasional death losses in breeding and finishing hogs.

State Veterinarian Dr. Larry Williams said, "This designation is something that we have worked hard to achieve. While pseudorabies vaccinations are not mandatory, we still encourage producers to voluntarily vaccinate high risk animals to help ensure that Nebraska remains Pseudorabies free."

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture would like to thank the state's swine producers for their continued support and for helping to control and eradicate this disease.

Nebraska ranks 7th in the nation for all hogs and pigs on farms with 2,900,000 head.

Source: Nebraska Department of Agriculture - 23 April 2003

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