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Germany Reports Aujeszky's Disease in Dogs

by 5m Editor
21 December 2010, at 8:43am

GERMANY - The German veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Aujeszky's disease, affecting dogs, and thereby, biosecurity measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the virus from wild boar to domestic pigs.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received an immediate notification yesterday, 20 December. The presence of the virus was first observed on 29 November, and confirmed on 8 December.

According to the report, the outbreak affected 4 dogs, out of which one tested positive at the Institute of Veterinary Pathology in Leipzig, where a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test was conducted.

The OIE reports that Aujeszky´s disease has not occurred in domestic pigs in Germany since February 2000. Since 2002, there have been no vaccinations against the disease.

Pursuant to the requirements set out in chapter 8.2. of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code, biosecurity measures are being taken to prevent the spread of Aujeszky´s disease virus from wild boar to domestic pigs. These are listed in detail in the national ordinance concerning hygiene in pig husbandry, with compliance being checked in regular intervals by the relevant veterinary authorities.

NOTE: This notification of Aujeszky’s disease in dogs should have no effect on the previous status of Germany regarding this disease for trade of pig meat or other pig products.

Further Reading

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