Pseudorabies virus in Winconsin under control
The Wisconsin Pork Association reminds pork producers to use biosecurity
practices to help reduce potential spread of pseudorabies. The disease has been
recently confirmed in a 300-animal pig herd in Clark Country.
Pseudorabies virus is a disease of swine
that can also affect
cattle, horses, dogs, cats, sheep and goats. "The pseudorabies virus is not
contagious to humans, not even to people working on farms with PRV-infected
animals or through consumption of meat from infected animals," said WPA
President Jonathan Wyttenbach. "Screening tests for PRV are randomly conducted
at slaughter facilities, and shows that the system for detection across the
state of Wisconsin is working." In addition, Wyttenbach says it reinforces the
importance of the mandatory premises registration law in the
department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) will directly
notify those individuals with registered swine premises about the pseudorabies
DATCP now has 15 days from confirmation to depopulate the infected herd
and test all swine herds within five miles of the infected herd in order to
retain Wisconsin's pseudorabies-free status. Most of the animals will be allowed
to go to slaughter for use as food, because the meat is safe to eat.
All pork producers are reminded at this time to practice sound
biosecurity measures when travelling off the farm, transporting animals to
market, and restricting outside visitors to their operations.
Wisconsin Pork Association
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