Swine Dysentery Confirmed in Yorkshire

UK - A case of dysentery has been confirmed in North Yorkshire and there are five other suspected cases in the region.
calendar icon 16 November 2011
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The case confirmed is a member of the Swine Dysentery Producer Charter, so all members of the charter have been informed of location and the status of the outbreak. The producer has informed haulage, feed and deadstock suppliers.

Obviously this is a huge concern for the area. The industry wants to get on top of the issue and help with control as quickly as possible.

Producers in the region should:

  • Review biosecurity
  • Inform a vet about any suspected cases
  • Sign up to the Swine Dysentery Producer Charter to receive regional disease alerts by clicking here.


  • Good hygiene, cleaning and disinfection of boots, clothing, housing and vehicles
  • Ensure that vehicles moving pigs and hauliers providing supplies are cleaned and disinfected before entering your unit
  • Provide clear signage for vehicles to control where they go on your unit
  • Review rodent and bird control
  • Inform neighbours, hauliers, suppliers of any cases to minimise risk of spread
  • Ensure your staff are aware of your biosecurity protocols

Factsheets are available by clicking here.

Swine Dysentery Producer Charter

  • Sign up to the Swine Dysentery Producer Charter to receive alerts about dysentery cases on other Charter members’ units in your region
  • You will receive a text message with the location of confirmed swine dysentery cases (first four digits of a postcode) as soon as is reasonably practical
  • Full details of dysentery outbreaks are also provided via email and letter
  • Sign up here. (Please make sure you provide your mobile phone number)

Pig Health Improvement Project

For free services and support to improve pig health in the long term join the Pig Health Improvement Project or 0247 647 8877.

Information for Vets

Where vets have a client with suspected/confirmed dysentery they should:

  • Ring BPEX on 0247 6478 877 or 07973 701 369 or email [email protected] to inform of the case so that centrally BPEX can keep track of cases occurring across the region and hopefully identify common factors in the strain along with likely cause of spread.
  • BPEX can then send out alerts to producers and vets that new cases have been suspected in the general North Yorkshire region
  • Follow up phone call with a text message to 07973 701 369 with details to ensure data accuracy

Producers or vets who would like to sign up for text alerts should click here.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on swine dysentery by clicking here.
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