New case of swine dysentery confirmed

Another outbreak of swine dysentery has been confirmed, this time on a finisher unit in East Yorkshire, as the worrying spread of the disease continues.

The outbreak, which suspected to have been present for 10 days, was identified by clinical signs and confirmed by laboratory tests. Strict biosecurity and biocontainment measures are currently in place

The unit is currently responding well to treatment and full cleaning and disinfection will take place after it has been depopulated. The origin of the outbreak is under investigation

AHDB said: “It is important that a heightened level of biosecurity and monitoring for clinical signs are observed over the next few weeks, especially within the East Yorkshire region.”

The NPA, AHDB and other organisations recently launched the #MuckFreeTruck campaign, partly in response to evidence that some of the recent Swine Dysentery cases have been spread via transport.

Producers are urged to familiarise themselves with AHDB’s Standard Operating Procedures for lorry washing and cleansing and disinfecting, as well as general biosecurity procedures, listed here

Producers who haven’t yet done are also being urged to sign up to the Significant Diseases Charter, which provides notification of outbreaks. The charter is free to join and can be done quickly via the Pig Hub.

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