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Monday 8th July 2013.
Jackie Linden - ThePigSite Senior Editor

Jackie Linden
Senior Editor

Concerns Grow with Spread of PED and ASF

Recent reports of the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Russia and Belarus and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus within the United States are causing increasing alarm in the global pig industry.

An increase in cases of ASF in Russia has forced the veterinary authorities there to step up control measures.

Rosselkhoznador has warned that the disease is spreading in such a way that the two regions at present affected – Tver and the Southern Federal District – could join to make one infected area.

Part of the problem, the veterinary authority says, is that the measures to control the disease are being broken, including a lack of proper accounting for pigs kept on all types of farms and a general failure to comply with measures put in place to prevent and eliminate the disease.

There have also been breaches in the regulations over the transportation of pigs and a lack of measures to control the wild boar population.

Rosselkhoznador has ordered a tightening of the controls because of the increase in outbreaks this year, including tightening up on the transport of pigs, carrying out a stock take of pigs in the Central, Southern and North Caucasus regions and the prevention of feeding food waste that has not been properly cooked to pigs.

There will also be further measures to reduce the wild boar population.

Another outbreak of ASF has been reported in Belarus in the last week – at a farm with more than 20,000 pigs. There were 26 cases and 1,089 animals had to be destroyed.

Turning to PED in the US, the National Pork Board says researchers are looking for regional differences that might explain why Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) has been spreading rapidly in some areas of the US and not at all in other areas.

PED was first identified in the US mid-May and testing of samples collected since last December has revealed the infection has been present in the US since at least mid-April.

Dr Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Board reports that, by the week of 16 June, the infection had spread to approximately 250 sites from Ohio to Colorado and Minnesota down to Oklahoma. However, the rate of spread has been very region-specific and the reasons for this are under investigation.

While the economic impact on affected sites where farrowing losses have reached 100 per cent has been devastating, it is too early to calculate the industry-wide economic impact, he added.

Dr Sundberg has stressed that stepped-up biosecurity will be key to containing the spread of the PED virus.

The Board is highlighting the importance of truck washes, cleanliness and disinfection.

The first outbreaks of PED in North Carolina were confirmed last week, according to reports.

Concerns are being voiced about PED in other countries, too.

For the National Pig Association in the UK, Digby Scott warns that, if the new acute strains of the PED virus were to spread to Britain, they would have an impact every bit as bad as PMWS — which has contributed to a halving the national herd over the past 10 and a half years. And there is no effective vaccine, he pointed out.

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VIV Partners with IPPE over Pork Education in Atlanta
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