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FMD Outbreak Affects Swine in Taiwan

29 December 2010

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported a new outbreak of foot and mouth disease in swine.

The World Organisation for Animal Health received an immediate notification on Monday, 27 December. According to the report, the outbreak took place at a farm in South District in T'ai-nan-shih.

A total of 161 animals were found susceptible, out of which 10 cases were identified. No deaths were recorded, and no animals were destroyed.

During the routine active FMD serological surveillance, NSP antibody was detected on a pig farm. The investigation showed that all pigs on the farm are clinically healthy.

Samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the National Laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute). The laboratory confirmed 10 positive results for NSP and all negative for virus isolation and RT-PCR (reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction).

A total of 2 pig farms and 8 goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farm have been under vigilant monitoring and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection has been found.

A total of 146 pigs were vaccinated. The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.



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