PRRS Outbreak Reported in Peruvian Capital

by 5m Editor
15 February 2012, at 10:13am

PERU - The Peruvian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at a farm located in Lima.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification last week (Friday, 10 February). The outbreak started on 12 December 2011, and confirmed on 22 December.

The outbreak occurred at an industrial pig farm for meat production where vaccination has not been applied. Positive serological results were obtained (ELISA) in 11 animals (5-month-old sows). No clinical signs of the disease or ongoing outbreaks have been reported, only animals reactive to ELISA.

Out of a total of 14783 pigs, 11 cases were identified. No deaths were recorded, and no animals were destroyed.

Legal movement of animals and import of seropositive animals have been identified as the main sources that led to the outbreak.

According to the report, infection was detected following permanent active surveillance carried out each year by the SENASA. No clinical cases of the disease were observed.

In a population of 14 783 animals of different age groups, only 11 reacted positively to the ELISA test for detection of antibody against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus.

SENASA maintains a permanent surveillance in all farms in the area. Surveillance activities conducted at national level indicate the absence of the disease.

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