The Finnish National Food Administration, EVIRA, has announced that in December 2007 the first case of PMWS (Postweaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome) has been confirmed in Finland.
The disease was found in weaned piglets on a farm in Western Finland.
Finland’s neighbour, Sweden, reported its first case in 2003. Finland has, however, been spared from the disease until now.
The circovirus that causes the disease has been present in Finland for some time, but it has never caused symptoms typical for the disease.
Finnish authorities will not impose any measures due to this finding. The industry, together with the National Animal Health Care (ETU) and the Association for Animal Disease Control, is handling the control of the disease.