Seneca Valley Virus confirmed in pigs in England

UK Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed five cases
calendar icon 20 January 2023
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The UK Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed that the five cases of vesicular disease in pigs identified in farms in England between June and September 2022 were Seneca Valley Virus (SVV) last week, according to a government press release.

The confirmation comes following an extensive investigation by the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA).

SVV is not a notifiable or reportable disease in the UK nor a listed disease by the World Organisation of Animal Health (WOAH). However, the clinical signs  do resemble notifiable vesicular diseases, in particular Foot-and-Mouth Disease. Defra has therefore called on pig producers and vets to continue to promptly report any clinical signs of vesicular disease in pigs so that APHA can carry out an official investigation.

Seneca Valley Virus only affects pigs for a short period with infected pigs making a full recovery. There is no risk to human health.

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