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Chinese Taipei faces H1N1 outbreak in pigs

The OIE has confirmed the first case of H1N1 in Chinese Taipei's swine herd.

A A/H1N1 influenza virus surveillance programme has been in operation since January 2009 in the country. Clinical signs such as coughing and diarrhoea were observed in a pig farm located in T'ai-Tung County on 19 October 2009.

The owner reported it to the prefecture animal disease control competent authority and a official veterinarian inspected the farm right away. Samples were collected and sent to the Animal Health Research Institute.

The positive results of virus isolation, real-time RT-PCR and gene sequencing demonstrated that this outbreak was caused by H1N1 influenza A virus.

Affected pigs recovered
Disinfection and cleaning of the index farm has been conducted and completed and movement control has been also implemented. The affected pigs in the farm have since recovered.

One pig farm within 1km radius of the index farm has been under vigilant monitoring and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection has been found. Seven pig farms within 3km radius of the index farm have also been under intensive monitoring.

The OIE has implemented control measures such as movement control inside the country and disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s).

Editor PigProgress

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