It's ten years since Britain officially acknowledged a disastrous Foot and Mouth epidemic (FMD)
The first words of this new article in the "Pig Journal" tell it all.
These explain that circovirus renders infected pigs liable to other viruses and bacteria and, by extension, explains the massive use of antibiotics and the creation of antibiotic resistant disease now spreading to humans.
It also explains why British pigs in 2000 were so vulnerable to CSF and FMD. That did not take science, just common sense.
The writer took much abuse from farming organisations and veterinarians for saying just this.
They were quite determined to silence the writer and used criminal means: means that may still put the perpetrators behind bars.
The writer stuck to the letter of the law and followed all the correct procedures for complaining about government vets faking tests and documents and also attempting to intimidate witnesses to Parliament.
The world never knew that the pigs that caught Classified Swine Fever (CSF) and FMD were already sick with circovirus.
But the veterinarians did and have continued to pump antibiotics into the animals for the past decade despite the risks to human health.
The full report published yesterday can be found here
Pig Journal Volume: 64
Publication date: February 2011
Exposure to Porcine Circovirus type 2 (PCV2) occurs very early in the life of a pig and may compromise the pig’s ability to respond to infectious agents (viral and bacterial) when exposed to PCV2 without the presence of protective maternally derived immunity.