Swine dysentery case confirmed in North Yorkshire

Another case of swine dysentery has been confirmed on a pig farm in North Yorkshire, continuing the spate of recent cases.

The outbreak, which was identified by clinical signs and subsequently confirmed by laboratory tests, is suspected to have been present for seven days. The origin is unclear, but is currently under investigation. Strict biosecurity and biocontainment measures are currently in place and the unit is currently undergoing treatment.

A number of swine dysentery cases have been confirmed so far this year in Yorkshire, with cases also detected in Norfolk, Suffolk, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Gloucestershire and north east Scotland.

AHDB said: “If you have recently moved pigs from North Yorkshire please monitor them closely for the development of any clinical signs of enteric disease and notify your vet immediately if you observe any suspect diarrhoea.

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

Information on Swine Dysentery can be found on the AHDB website

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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