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More FMD Cases Reported in Taiwan

16 March 2012

TAIWAN - The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported more cases of foot and mouth disease in the country.

Follow-up Report No. 1 was sent to the OIE yesterday, 15 March.

According to the report, out of 1308 susceptible pigs, 19 cases were reported. There were no deaths, and none of the pigs were destroyed.

During the routine active FMD serological surveillance, NSP antibodies were detected on one pig farm. The investigation showed that all pigs on the index farm were clinically healthy. Fifteen serum and throat swab samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the national laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute).

The laboratory confirmed positive results with NSP antibody, whereas the results of virus isolation and RT-PCR were all negative. The serotype O was identified by using FMD ELISA kit. The monitoring and epidemiological investigation of the index farm and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals (a total of 26 pig farms, and 3 goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farm) have been done and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.



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