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Pig with FMD Symptoms at Taiwan Slaughterhouse

14 December 2011

TAIWAN - Dr Kwo-Ching Huang, Chief Veterinary Officer and Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine Council of agriculture, reported one pigs with symptoms of FMD – later confirmed – at an abattoir at T'ao-yuan County.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 12 December. The outbreak was initially observed on 7 December and confirmed on the same date.

According to the report received, a total of 1013 pigs were found susceptible, out of which one case was identified. The affected animal was destroyed, while the remaining 1012 were slaughtered.

According to the OIE, one pig with vesicular lesions was found in a detention pen (only one pig in that pen) of the slaughterhouse in Tao Yuan County. Samples for virus detection were collected and sent to the national laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute).

The prefecture animal disease control competent authority immediately destroyed the pig.

Cleaning and disinfection were implemented in the index slaughterhouse. Positive results of the tests were obtained by national laboratory confirming that the pig was infected with serotype O of foot and mouth disease virus.

The prefecture animal disease control competent authority traced back to the farm of origin. The clinical investigation showed that all pigs on farm were healthy. Samples from the farm of origin were collected for serological tests and virus isolation.

Movement control of all pigs on the farm of origin was implemented. The serological test and virus detection of the farm of origin of the affected pig are under way.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.



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