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Suspected disease outbreak - swine vesicular disease ruled out, 10km control zone lifted

25th Jun 2022 / By Alistair Driver

APHA has issued a further update on the suspected disease outbreak in Norfolk, confirming on Saturday night that swine vesicular disease has been ruled, meaning the 10km temporary control zone has been lifted. 

However, tests are continuing to establish the cause of the problem on the farm, which remains under restriction.

On Saturday evening, APHA said: "Following suspicion of vesicular disease in pigs, and as a precaution to prevent the spread of disease, a 10 km Temporary Control Zone was declared around a premises near Feltwell, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk on 24 June 2022.

"Following further official testing swine vesicular disease has been negated and the 10km Temporary Control Zone has been revoked. The premises remains under restriction pending the outcome of further tests."

Even though APHA ruled out foot-and-mouth disease on Friday, restrictions remained in place will tests for SVD continued. 

APHA imposed the original zone and began testing for diseases including FMD and SVD, which has similar symptoms, as a precaution after certain symptoms were reported in pigs on the premises.

You can view more information HERE

Details of the restrictions can be found in the swine vesicular disease cases and disease control zones in England section.

You can check if you are in a disease control zone on APHA's interactive map.

Swine vesicular control zone

Licences

In Temporary Control Zones, certain movements of animals, animal products, animal by-products or materials associated with their keeping, are not permitted. 

The following general licences allow for certain movements of animals. You need to check that you meet and comply with the conditions of the general licence. If you do, you do not need to contact APHA. You can rely on the general licence as providing authority for the movement or activity.

General licences are not applicable for the movement of anything to or from premises which have been served a restriction notice by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

No other general licences have currently been issued.

Movements are not routinely licenced in Temporary Control Zones. If you cannot move your animals using the above general licences and this causes exceptional hardship, then you can seek advice from: .

About SVD

According to Defra’s website, the last outbreak of SVD in Great Britain was in 1982.  The clinical signs, which can be confused with FMD, include blisters (vesicles), which appear at the top of the hooves, between the toes and occasionally on the snout, tongue and lips

Other clinical signs include lameness due to foot blisters, loss of appetite and fever, while some infected pigs may not show any signs of the disease.

The disease can be spread by:

  • contact with infected pigs or their faeces or body fluids
  • pigs eating infectious meat or meat products
  • contact with anything contaminated with the virus including:
    • people and their clothing
    • vehicles and equipment.