Sunday, 22 September 2013
Hepatitis E - Scotland - pigs - evidence of infection in 49 per cent
You can see why we have been complaining about Hepatitis E in British pigs for years,
- the activities of government veterinarians based in Scotland even when on duty in England,
- investigations of irregular activities by Scottish vets in England taking place in Edinburgh,
- and, indeed, harassment from Scotland over many years.
This could well become an issue in the Scottish independence campaign.
Don't forget a decade ago, pigs refused slaughter in Scotland were shipped south for killing with the comment "Let the English eat them if they like."
We don't thnk many people, either side of the border, would find that very acceptable.
So, independence or not, we are all going to have to take a lot more interest in government veterinary activities in Scotland and the state of Scottish pigs.
...Infection in Animals
Hepatitis E does not cause disease in pigs and there are no routine surveillance systems in place. The AHVLA investigated seroprevalence in Scottish pig samples as part of the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) funded project investigating epidemiology and potential transmission routes of autochthonous HEV infection in Scotland. In this project, evidence of infection (IgG) was found in 49% of pigs (Grierson, personal communication).
A pig abattoir survey will be undertaken in early 2013 (as part of a multi-agency project with PHE, Defra, FSA and AHVLA) to better understand the possible role of infection in pigs on human disease incidence. Further detail will be available in next year’s report...
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