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A/H1N1 Influenza Breaks Out in Finland

by 5m Editor
1 December 2009, at 8:55am

FINLAND - The Finnish veterinary authorities yesterday reported an outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday, 30 November. According to the report, the outbreak started on 18 November and was confirmed on 25 November.

A farm with 150 sows and 800 fattening pigs in Teuva was affected by the outbreak. The fattening pigs were sick with lack of appetite, fever and mild respiratory signs. All pigs recovered fully in 1-2 days.

The report states that the outbreak was started through contact with infected people. According to the report, the farmers were sick with flu-like symptoms a few days before the pigs got sick. The farm is under voluntary restrictions agreed by the industry, which consist of a two-week quarantine for delivery of fattening pigs to other farms and a four-week quarantine for delivery of breeding pigs to other farms. Pigs sent to slaughter must be free of clinical signs.

Two tests were conducted in the country's national laboratory - real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) on 26 November and gene sequencing on 30 November. Both tests confirmed the presence of the virus.

Although the issue has been resolved, the OIE, in conjunction with the Finnish authorities, are still applying measures to prevent further outbreak of the disease.