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Taiwan Reports FMD Outbreak in Swine

28 June 2010

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities report that a number of pigs have tested positive for foot and mouth disease (FMD).

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an Immediate Notification on Friday (25 June).

The report states that the outbreak took place at a farm in Yunlin County. In all, 112 cases were identified, while 1,296 animals showed signs of susceptibility to the disease. A total of 163 animals were destroyed.

During the routine active surveillance in the livestock markets, a pig was found NSP-antibody positive. The prefecture animal disease control competent authority traced it back to the farm of origin. The clinical investigation showed that 112 pigs on the farm had healed vesicular lesions. The prefecture animal disease control competent authority immediately destroyed the 163 pigs (included the pigs other than the 112 pigs in the same pen). Cleaning and disinfection were implemented in the index farm.

Samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the country's Animal Health Research Institute. The laboratory confirmed six positive results for NSP and all negative for RT-PCR. Further tests are ongoing.

A total of 16 farms within one-kilometre radius of the index farm have been under vigilant monitoring and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection has been found.



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