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PEDv outbreak in Taiwan, reported new cases

According to the World Health Organisation (OIE) there have been 34 new outbreaks of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in Taiwan, reported by Ping-Cheng Yang, Director, Animal Technology Institute Taïwan, Council of Agriculture, Taïwan, Chinese Taipei.

Measures carried out include: disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s) and, treatment of affected animals (supportive care).A variant strain of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDV) associated with outbreaks of diarrhoea with high morbidity and high mortality in suckling piglets had emerged in central and southern regions of Taiwan since December 2013. The disease was spreading rapidly in swine farms in Taiwan posing significant economic concerns and impacts. Clinical signs were characterised by acute vomiting, anorexia, and watery diarrhoea, with high mortality in piglets.

Samples were taken from affected farms and confirmed as PED by RT-PCR. Detailed genetic and phylogenetic analyses of the genomic sequences of viruses showed that the emergent PEDV strains were most closely related to strains isolated from the United States of America and China in 2013. According to the testing results of affected farms from regional and national laboratories, 34 pig farms were confirmed being infected with PEDV.

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