Tuesday, May 21, 2013

China: foot and mouth in Jiangsu Affects Pigs

The Chinese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Jiangsu, affecting pig populations.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on Monday, 20 May 2013, stating that out of 405 susceptible pigs, three cases were reported. All 405 animals were destroyed. No deaths as a result of the outbreak were recorded.

Tests such as enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and virus isolation were conducted at the Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, the OIE's reference laboratory. All tests indicated and confirmed the presence of the FMD virus, Serotype O, in the region.