Vesicular Disease Awareness Bulletin Released

by 5m Editor
12 April 2011, at 3:44pm

CANADA – The pork industry is now receiving new Swine Health Awareness Bulletins, the first of which covers vesicular diseases.

As part of its mandate, the Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB) is introducing the series to provide timely, valuable information aimed at continually improving and keeping biosecurity, disease risk management strategies and surveillance top of mind.

The first of the series deals with vesicular diseases. Several vesicular disease viruses in hogs cause visually indistinguishable symptoms. The vesicles and blisters caused by these viruses could be a sign of Foot-and-Mouth Disease FMD), a cause for great concern to all stakeholders in the swine and pork value chain in Canada.

Florian Possberg, Chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board, said: "Keeping the industry informed of emerging or potential health threats, how to minimise their risk and how to respond to suspicious observations is critical to the health and viability of our industry. It only takes one suspicious incident to shut down a plant or possibly even the border."

The one-page bulletins include a brief description of the health threat, its symptoms, required actions, public health and safety notes, preventative recommendations and photographs illustrating what to look for. They are being distributed to all pork producers, swine vets and other relevant industry stakeholders.

A copy is also available on the CSHB web site [click here].

Further Reading

- Find out more information on FMD by clicking here.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on foot and mouth disease (FMD) by clicking here.

5m Editor