Second Wisconsin farm positive for pseudorabies
A second pig farm in Clark County, Wisconsin, has
tested positive for pseudorabies (also known as Aujeszky's
The latest outbreak of pseudorabies , near the town of Loyal, was found a week
after a herd of 300 swine in the Greenwood area, Wisconsin, had tested
The new outbreak was found in eleven
animals, tested at Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory. The 20-animal
herd has been quarantined.
The herd was tested because it had been in
contact with the original infected herd; a boar from that herd had been brought
to the Loyal farm for breeding.
quarantine zone has been established in the new zone around Loyal, which is
slightly further than eight kilometres from Greenwood.
The US Department of Agriculture
(USDA) had already given the state of Wisconsin until May 2nd to destroy the
infected Greenwood herd and test all swine herds within five
Experts say the disease, completely
eradicated from commercial hog operations in the US in 2003, could have been
introduced by feral pigs.
Pseudorabies a disease that is not
dangerous to humans but causes seizures and stillbirths in pigs.
animals will be culled, but can be processed as there is no risk for humans
through eating this pork.
The first pseudorabies outbreak has already
caused the US state of Michigan to ban the imports of Wisconsin
â€¢ United States Department of
Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory
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