- Hello Jeff - Please note that Promed is still calling
the pig outbreak, undiagnosed. China calls it everything from Strep Suis
to High Fever Pig Disease to, the new one, Blue Ear but we still do not
have a definite pathogen or disease name.
- Classical Swine Fever, African Swine Fever, Blue Ear,
Pig High Fever Disease? Whatever it is, it is still ravaging Chinese pigs.
- UNDIAGNOSED DISEASE, PORCINE - CHINA
- Date: Mon 18 Jun 2007
- Source: Beijing Times (in Chinese, trans. Rappt.DS,
- According to Xinhua News Agency, a spokesperson for the
News Office of the Ministry of Agriculture said yesterday [17 Jun 2007]
that at the start of June , Chongqing, Hunan, Guangxi, Guizhou, and
Shaanxi provinces had outbreaks of highly pathogenic pig blue ear disease.
- Because locales made preparations extremely early this
summer, improving preventative dynamics and putting in place comprehensive
preventative measures, highly pathogenic pig blue ear disease is somewhat
milder than during the same period last year , with sporadic occurrence
[only]. There has not been widespread occurrence.
- The Ministry of Agriculture has transferred more than
20 million milliliters of pig blue ear disease vaccine and the Ministry
of Finance is releasing 285 million CNY [USD 37.4 million] in supplemental
vaccine funds. Vaccination work is now being carried out in key locales.
All regions are intensifying outbreak reporting systems, in accordance
with the Ministry of Agriculture's outbreak monitoring schemes and reporting
system requirements. When suspected outbreaks are discovered, quick verification,
prompt diagnosis, and prompt reporting via the animal disease surveillance
network [is done].
- Communicated by:
- ProMED-mail Rapporteur Dan Silver
- In a recent media-derived information (see ProMED-mail
20070612.1913), the following provinces were mentioned to have been affected
by the so-called "swine high fever disease" (SHFD) -- in which
porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS, also called blue ear
disease) seems to play a role -- since its 1st appearance in mid 2006:
Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi, Henan, Hebei, Yunnan, some areas of Guandgong, some
areas of Guangxi, the western part of Shandong, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu,
Anhui, Beijing/Tianjin/Tangshan, Liaoning, Jilin, and Inner Mongolia. Other
reports mention different data.
- For an administrative map of China, see http://www.fas.usda.gov/pecad/remote/china/chinamap.gif
- The flood of data, originating from various (official,
semi-official, unofficial, central, provincial, and foreign) sources, with
contradictory pieces of information on SHFD, its etiology and distribution,
could be put on hold if/when detailed, 1st hand, authoritative results
of laboratory investigations from each affected province become available,
pertaining -- in addition to PRRS (blue ear disease) -- to the entire range
of potential causal agents (including classical swine fever/CSF, African
swine fever/ASF, avian influenza, and foot-and-mouth disease/FMD) and
preferably officially submitted to the OIE. It would be reassuring if samples
were to be submitted for confirmation to OIE's ASF (World Organization
for Animal Health, African swine fever) reference laboratory(ies). - Mod.AS
- Patricia A. Doyle DVM, PhD
- Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
- Univ of West Indies
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