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GET YOURSELF VACCINATED TO PROTECT YOUR PIGS FROM DISEASE

Vaccinate yourself and protect your pigs

By Janet Berry, Principal Veterinary Officer

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Pigs are susceptible to H1N1 Influenza

It is critical that all pig owners remain vigilant with onfarm biosecurity to protect their pigs against infectious diseases.

Swine influenza has been detected in pig herds in Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales. It is likely that farm workers suffering from the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza spread the virus to the pigs.

Swine influenza is notifiable under legislation. If you see any signs of influenza in your pigs you must contact Biosecurity Queensland on
13 25 23.

The signs of influenza in pigs include coughing, fever, shivering, loss of appetite, depression and eye and nasal discharge. Influenza in pigs is contagious and will rapidly spread through pigs sharing the same building space. Usually very few pigs die from the disease. Very young pigs and pigs suffering from other diseases are the most likely to be severely affected.

If this disease becomes established in the pig population in Australia it could cause production losses in breeding herds including late term abortions, stillborn piglets and reproductive failure. In grower pigs, loss of appetite during the period of illness will result in reduced growth rates.
A vaccine for Influenza H1N1 will be available for people in Australia from 30 September 2009.  Australian Pork Limited encourages all pig owners, as well as anyone in contact with pigs such as veterinarians or other visitors, to protect themselves and their pigs against influenza by being vaccinated.

Both national and international food authorities firmly state that PORK IS SAFE TO EAT. There is no evidence to suggest that influenza can be transmitted to people through eating pork products.

Find out more about Swine influenza.

March 27th, 2011
Topic: ANIMALS & STOCK, IMMUNITY VACCINATION, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, Pigs, TREATMENTS Tags: , , , , , ,

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