China Approves Novel Vaccine PCVD

CHINA - Ingelvac CircoFLEX from Boehringer Ingelheim Vedmedica is the first vaccine to be approved in China against Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD).
calendar icon 11 January 2010
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Boehringer Ingelheim Vedmedica GmbH has been granted market authorisation for a vaccine for the control of Porcine Circovirus Disease (PCVD) by the Chinese regulatory authorities.

Ingelvac CircoFLEX® is an animal vaccine, that contains a unique combination of purified circo-antigen (a virus-like particle) with an especially designed adjuvant (ImpranFLEX®). It is licensed as a single shot vaccine recommended for convenient vaccination around weaning.

Under various animal management conditions the vaccine has consistently shown to reduce clinical signs like wasting and mortality in the acute form as well as to improve growth performance in the chronic form of the disease. Since 2006, more than 260 million pigs have been vaccinated, establishing Ingelvac CircoFLEX as the largest selling PCV2 vaccine worldwide.

Ingelvac CircoFLEX was first launched in North America in 2006 and has subsequently been licensed in four South American countries, in 29 European countries, in six Asian countries as well as in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and now China. China is by far the largest pig producing country worldwide. In 2007, about 46 per cent of the global pig population was reared in China. Strong economic growth in China and the inheriting improvements in standard of living will lead to an increasing demand for high quality pork meat in the next years.

Porcine circovirus disease (PCVD) is recognised as one of the most economically damaging pig diseases in the world. Acute infections with the Porcine Circovirus Type 2 (PCV2) compromise the immunity of the pig leading to high mortalities, increased frequency of co-infections with other pathogens and reduced growth performance. Almost 100 per cent of pigs herds are infected with PCV2.

With this pioneering product, Boehringer Ingelheim is providing Chinese pig farmers with an efficient solution for the prevention of the economically disastrous PCVD as the basis for a successful production of healthy pork.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Post-Weaning Multisystemic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) by clicking here.
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