TAIWAN - There have been 34 new outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) reported on farms in Chinese Taipei. Cases have been detected in the Yunlin, Tainan City, Nantou, Miaoli, Pingtung, Hsinchu, Kaohsiung, Chiayi, Taoyuan, Taitung and Hualien regions of the country. The total number of swine infected has not been confirmed.
PED is associated with high morbidity and high mortality in suckling piglets had emerged in central and southern regions of Taiwan since December 2013.
The disease was spreading rapidly in swine farms in Taiwan posing significant economic concerns and impacts.
Clinical signs were characterised by acute vomiting, anorexia and watery diarrhoea, with high mortality in piglets.
Samples were taken from affected farms and confirmed as PED by RT-PCR. Detailed genetic and phylogenetic analyses of the genomic sequences of viruses showed that the emergent PED strains were most closely related to strains isolated from the United States of America and China in 2013.
According to the testing results of affected farms from regional and national laboratories, 34 pig farms were confirmed being infected with PED.
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