Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Pig disease PRRS reaches Switzerland in boar semen


Pretty important stuff worldwide, and very damning for veterinarians and germplasm genetics import and export companies, from the Swiss Government.

For those not familiar with the term: "germplasm" includes live animals, semen and embryos.

This was not the IIIIM - imaginary, illegally, infected, imported meat, so beloved by Britain's vetocracy as the explanation for pig disease imported into Britain, was it?

This was veterinarians slipping up, in Germany and Switzerland.

"Blame someone else, preferably innocent," does not run in Switzerland, obviously.

They came clean, and quickly, to stop others closing the wrong stable door.

This information will have a big beneficial impact on disease controls worldwide, especially in the USA, Australia and New Zealand, where the prospect of PRRS in meat is impacting on politics and world trade.

Britain doubtless will continue blaming foxes, seagulls, IIIIM, illegal immigrants and anything else that comes to mind, for all animal disease: anything that is not traceable to veterinarians

There are two reports from Switzerland, a few days apart, both machine translated.

The first report is here

PRRS-infected pigs in Switzerland

Bern, 30.11.2012 -

The last precaution slaughtered sows, which were covered with infected semen from a German boar, the PRRS virus has been discovered. Thus, the disease has arrived in Switzerland. The veterinary service Switzerland has taken extensive precautionary measures and working hard that the virus can not spread any further. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a viral infection of pigs that fertility problems, abortions, births can cause weak piglets and mild respiratory disease. Worldwide, it is one of the most important swine diseases. The disease spreads through infected animals. But it can also be transmitted through semen and in the body of sows to unborn piglets. PRRS is classified according Ordonnance disease to be eradicated. The suspected case of disease and operation and import bans are imposed to prevent spread of the disease.For humans, the virus is not dangerous, and the meat can be eaten safely. By importing semen from infected boars the PRRS virus reached Switzerland. Yesterday why were the 72 sows that were assigned to the positive sperm, slaughtered as a precaution. The investigations of the blood samples of these sows confirmed that so far has taken place in 6 animals from 2 farms one PRRS infection. The two plants are classified according Ordonnance as infected farms. This means that the whole stock must now be examined and all contact holdings, which have finally received from these infected farms sows and piglets are located and also blocked. Next remain closed all 27 pig farms in which sperm deliveries from the German boar were used. The investigations of the sows in these factories running in the next few days. Are in different cantons of eastern Switzerland has about 4,000 sows were bled and tested. With this large-scale investigation of the veterinary service will put Switzerland in collaboration with the industry everything to uncover the infected premises and thus the disease with the greatest possible safety again be banished from the Swiss pig  sties.

The second report is here.


Until now, no other PRRS-infected pigs in Switzerland

Bern, 04.12.2012 -

Last week was found in three plants of the Eastern one PRRS infection.The businesses were closed and arranged investigations of the stock. The first results of these studies suggest that the disease could not spread any further. Until now, no other infected animals have been discovered. All 27 pig farms in which
sperm deliveries from the infected German boar were used, remain locked in each stock and blood samples are examined. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a viral infection of pigs that fertility problems, abortions, births can cause weak piglets and mild respiratory disease. Worldwide, it is one of the most important swine diseases. The disease spreads through infected animals. But it can also be transmitted through semen and in the body of sows to unborn piglets. PRRS is classified according Ordonnance disease to be eradicated. The suspected case of disease and operation and import bans are imposed to prevent spread of the disease.For humans, the virus is not dangerous, and the meat can be eaten safely.
By importing semen from infected boars the PRRS virus reached Switzerland. The 72 sows, which were assigned to the positive sperm are slaughtered immediately after learning of the infection. Examinations of blood samples of those slaughtered sows showed that took place at 3 factories one PRRS infection. The three companies were classified according Ordonnance as infected farms. This means that the entire inventory is examined and their contact holdings were found and also blocked. Next remain closed all 27 pig farms in which sperm deliveries from the German boar were used. The investigations of the sows in these businesses is ongoing. The results of the infected farms are meanwhile. They suggest that to this day no other infected pigs were. To be sure that no infection was overlooked, the pigs are examined in the infected farms in the near future. At the present time can be assumed, for the absence of infection on farms locked out could. Since inseminated with semen from infected boars, sows were slaughtered immediately as a precaution, the virus was apparently not enough multiply and spread. The investigations of blood samples run day and night, results arrive continuously. A final clear can therefore not be given.