FMD virus detected in swine herds in Taiwan – no disease

12-08-2011 | |

Animal health authorities in Taiwan have reported the detection of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) virus in two swine populations in the country. The pigs were clinically healthy though.

The detection was first confirmed at July 11, and was found at farms in New Taipei City and Tainan City. Total swine population at these sites was 733, of which 17 were found to be carrying the virus through routine FMD serological surveillance. None of the animals had died.

The investigation showed that all pigs on those farms were clinically healthy. Laboratory checks confirmed nine positive results with antibodies on the first farm, and eight on the second.

The serotype O was identified by using an FMD ELISA kit. The monitoring and epidemiological investigation of the index farms and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals (a total of 40 pig farms, three cattle farms, three deer farms and six goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farms) have been done and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.

Other measures applied included quarantine, movement control, screening, disinfection – and no treatment or vaccination.

The information was sent to the Organization for Animal Health (OIE) at August 9.

Related website:
Organization for Animal Health (OIE)

ter Beek
Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world