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FMD Breaks Out in Taiwanese Swine

31 March 2011

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease in swine.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday, 30 March. According to the report, the outbreak took place at a farm in Siaying District in T'ai-Nan.

A total of 119 pigs showed signs of susceptibility to the disease, out of which 30 cases were identified. The 30 affected pigs were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak has not yet been determined.

According to the report, abnormal lesions on fifteen pigs' feet were found on the truck by routine inspection before they entered into the auction market of Tainan City.

The local animal disease control competent authority traced back to the farm of origin to carry out the clinical investigation. The result showed that 15 pigs on farm had the same clinical lesions. Thirty pigs, the 15 pigs on the truck and the 15 pigs on the index farm, were destroyed on 21 March 2011.

Enforced biosecurity measures including movement control, cleaning and disinfection have been implemented in the index farm. The laboratory tests confirmed positive results of NSP antibody, whereas the results of virus isolation and RT-PCR were all negative.

A total of 62 pig farms, 5 cattle farms and 2 goat farms within a 3-km radius of the index farm have been under vigilant monitoring and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.



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