PEDv contingency plan prepared

PEDv contingency plan prepared

BPEX has reported that a contingency plan for the pig industry, to be activated should PEDv arrive in the UK, has now been completed but it is a living document and will change as the situation changes.

This is just the first of many outcomes of the work under way which is being collated by BPEX veterinary team manager Martin Smith.

A database is being created so if the disease does hit the UK, information of all sorts can be captured and used to tackle it. This ties in with a questionnaire which will be asking about the type of farming system and the outbreak of the disease.

Martin said: “This will be vital in gathering the information we need for the epidemiology of PEDv and how it behaves under different conditions.

“We also have some standard procedures which are in the pipeline and are due to be published in the next couple of months. They will probably be published as individual sheets because they too will change according to the conditions.”

A disease charter, based on that created for swine dysentery, has been completed and this will all be online as part of the Pig Hub.

Martin said: “Producers will sign in and register as part of the Charter so information gathered can be used to combat the disease and notify producers of outbreaks occurring near them.

“Phase two will be to link it in with vets, feed companies and the allied industry so they are aware that one of the units in an area has a problem. We are hoping to have this completed by late Spring.”

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