The Taiwanese veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of foot and mouth disease in P'ing-Tung, affecting pig populations.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification on 8 June 2012.
Out of 900 susceptible pigs, 15 cases were identified. No deaths were recorded and no animals were destroyed.
During the routine active FMD serological surveillance, NSP antibodies were detected on one pig farm. The investigation showed that all pigs on the index farm were clinically healthy.
Fifteen serum and throat swab samples for serological tests and virus isolation were collected and sent to the national laboratory (Animal Health Research Institute).
The laboratory confirmed positive results with NSP antibody, whereas the results of virus isolation and RT-PCR were all negative.
The serotype O was identified by using FMD ELISA kit.
The monitoring and epidemiological investigation of the index farm and those surrounding farms that keep cloven-hoofed animals (a total of 76 pig farms, 27 cattle farms, 1 deer farm, and 16 goat farms within 3-km radius of the index farm) have been done and no clinical or epidemiological evidence of infection was found.
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