Taiwan reports additional outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease

07-06-2011 | |

Taiwan has reported two more outbreaks of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) – this time in the Tianwei township and Yongjing township, in Chang-Hua county, in the country’s west side.

This information was sent to the international Organization for Animal Health on June 2, by Taiwan’s Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Council of Agriculture.

During routine serological surveillance in the middle of May, ten pigs on these two farms were tested positive for FMD, despite all pigs being clinically healthy. In total, the pig population is 8,520.

The monitoring and epidemiological investigation of the index farms and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals (a total of 79 pig farms, three cattle farms, two deer farms and eight goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farms) have been done and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.

Measures applied included quarantining, movement control inside of the country, screening and vaccination in response to the outbreak.

A similar case was reported early May, in the north of Taiwan. The issue was resolved very quickly there as well.

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Organization for Animal Health

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