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Swine Dysentery confirmed in Nottinghamshire

20th Jun 2019 / By Alistair Driver

A new case of Swine Dysentery has been confirmed on a finisher unit in Nottinghamshire today.

The case was identified by clinical signs and subsequently confirmed by laboratory tests. Strict biosecurity and biocontainment measures are currently in place and the origin of the outbreak is under investigation. The unit is undergoing treatment and depopulation has been considered

The case is the latest in a spate of swine dysentery outbreaks across the country in recent months. Other cases have been reported in Yorkshire, the Eastern region and Gloucestershire.

AHDB said it was important that a heightened level of biosecurity and monitoring for clinical signs are observed over the next few weeks, especially within the Nottinghamshire region.

Information on Swine Dysentery can be found on the AHDB website

The NPA, AHDB and other organisations recently launched the #MuckFreeTruck campaign, partly in response to evidence that some of the recent Swine Dysentery cases have been spread via transport. 

Producers are urged to familiarise themselves with AHDB's Standard Operating Procedures for lorry washing and cleansing and disinfecting, as well as general biosecurity procedures, listed here

Producers who haven't yet done are also being urged to sign up to the Significant Diseases Charter, which provides notification of outbreaks. The charter is free to join and can be done quickly via the Pig Hub.