Published Date: 2022-06-24 17:34:29 BST
Subject: PRO/AH> Foot & mouth disease - UK: (England) pig, susp
Archive Number: 20220624.8704056
FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE - UK: (ENGLAND) PIG, SUSPECTED
Date: Fri 24 Jun 2022
Source: VetBlog David Harris [abridged, edited]
Breaking news on the evening of 23 Jun 2022 was of a possible outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Norfolk [England]. This is a notifiable disease and so government vets are investigating.
Many of us still remember the massive outbreak in 2001 and the pyres of burning livestock as the government of the time tried to control the disease. Are we facing that again? Or is the outlook more hopeful?
- What has happened?
Vets on a pig farm near Feltwell, Kings Lynn in Norfolk reported the existence of a suspected vesicular disease. This is a family of diseases that cause fluid-filled blisters or "vesicles" to form on the feet or mouth. The most infamous of these diseases is of course foot and mouth disease; however, other possible causes include vesicular stomatitis and swine vesicular disease.
- Will it be like 2001 all over again?
We're all hoping not. It looks like the local vets have picked this up really early, so hopefully, whatever it is, can be contained. In addition, we have learned a lot about disease control in the last 20 years, and generally, farm biosecurity is much, much better.
[byline: David Harris]
Date: Thu 23 Jun 2022
Source: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Declaration of a Temporary Control Zone [edited]
Declaration of a temporary control zone.
(Foot and mouth disease) Near Feltwell, Kings Lynn & West Norfolk, Norfolk
1. This declaration is made under article 16(1) of the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (England) Order 2006 (S.I. 2006/182) ("the Order"). Terms defined in the Order have the same meaning in this declaration.
2. The secretary of state declares the area described in Annex 1 to this Declaration to be a Temporary Control Zone in which the measures set out in Article 17(1) & (2) and 18(1) & (2) to the Order apply.
3. The Temporary Control Zone is marked on the map in Annex 2.
4. These measures apply from 22.00 on 23 June 2022 and will remain in force until this Declaration is withdrawn or amended by further declaration.
22.00 on 23 June 2022
authorised by the secretary of state
Castleview English Longhorns
Gut Laach, D-52385 Nideggen
[Subscribers are encouraged to visit the annexes of the Declaration above, in particular the map (annex 2). - Mod.AS]
Date: Fri 24 Jun 2022 12.47 BST
Source: The Guardian [abridged, edited]
A spokesperson for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [Defra] said that while preliminary testing did not indicate the presence of disease, "further work is now under way to fully rule it out".
[byline: Tom Levitt]
[It appears that the suspicion has, so far, not been confirmed. The final tests reaults at Pirbright's WRLFMD are expected soon, hopefully excluding FMD.
In case confirmed, vaccination vs stamping out might become a matter for discussion. Pigs are known as notorious amplifiers of the FMD virus.
For WOAH's Terrestrial manual chapter 'Foot & mouth disease', see https://www.woah.org/fileadmin/Home/eng/Health_standards/tahm/3.01.08_FMD.pdf. - Mod.AS
Kings Lynn, England, United Kingdom: https://promedmail.org/promed-post?place=8704056,15888]