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Swine Vesicular Disease in Portugal

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

PORTUGAL - A report via OIE confirming an outbreak of swine vesicular disease (SVD) in the Leiria district, Beira Litoral region, in Portugal.

(Date of previous outbreak of swine vesicular disease in Portugal reported to the OIE: September 1995).

Translation of information received on 23 December 2003 from Dr Carlos Agrela Pinheiro, Director General of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Lisbon:

Date of the report: 22 December 2003.

An outbreak of swine vesicular disease (SVD) was reported in Leiria district, Beira Litoral region, in a farm containing 1,754 pigs. The origin of the outbreak is under investigation.

Diagnosis: On 22 December 2003, positive results by RT-PCR were obtained at Pirbright Laboratory, United Kingdom (OIE Reference Laboratory for SVD).

Control measures: Control measures laid down in Directive 92/119/EEC of the Council of the European Communities, "introducing general Community measures for the control of certain animal diseases and specific measures relating to swine vesicular disease", are applied.
- The holding was put under restriction on 17 December 2003. Furthermore, no pigs left this holding during the 30-day period prior detection of clinical signs.
- Stamping out began on 19 December.
- Complete standstill of pigs in all pig holdings located within the established protection and surveillance zones.

No. of pig farms
Number of pigs
3-km-radius protection zone
144
62,874
10-km surveillance zone
202
64,108
Total
346
126,982

- Additional cleaning and disinfection of vehicles transporting pigs in the whole Portugal.
- Any consignment of pigs will be serologically tested for SVD before dispatch from Portugal (there is very limited trade in live pigs from Portugal).

Source: OFFICE INTERNATIONAL DES EPIZOOTIES - 22nd December 2003

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