Pig virus PRRS at record levels

Pig Virus PRRS

The first quarter of 2018 has seen record reports of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) in UK pigs.

According to APHA – the Animal and Plant Health Agency latest GB Emerging Threats report, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, (PRRS) was the highest quarter diagnostic rate for the first quarter of 2018 at 16.6%.

The previous highest recorded diagnostic rate of PRRS was in quarter 4 2016 at 12.7%.

The APHA report also stated that the cause is due to the extended winter with cold, wet and dark conditions aided the virus’s ability to both survive and spread. Also the long winter prevented the ability to clean and disinfect as effectively.

According to the National Pig Association (NPA) there is always a peak in PRRS in winter months and dip when it hits summer.

PRRS can cause huge economic loss to pig farmers as it causes reproductive failure in breeding pigs, and in young pigs causes respiratory tract illness.

Most of the reported cases of PRRS were found in England with the main clinical signs demonstrated as being streptococcal disease, pasteurellosis and salmonellosis.  

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