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Foot and Mouth Disease Reported Again in Taiwan

03 December 2012

TAIWAN - Foot and mouth disease (FMD) has been found in pigs during routine surveillance testing.

Laboratory tests carried out in the Animal Health Research Institute have tested positive for FMD. The results impact on a herd of 181 pigs in the Dongshih Township or Yun-Lin on the west of the island.

Of the 181 pigs in the herd, 83 were found to be FMD-positive with a morbidity rate of 46 per cent; no animals have died or been destroyed.

During the routine active FMD serological surveillance, NSP antibodies were detected on one pig farm. 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 31 pig farms, and four goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farm) have been done and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.

Control measures applied are quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening, vaccination in response to the outbreak and disinfection of the affected premises.

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