May 31, 2005
A look at some causes and control of pig diseases in the UK
According to a study by the University of Warwick, the Post-weaning Multi-systematic Wasting Syndrome (PMWS) pig disease, spread from south-east England to Scotland within three years, from 2001 to 2003.
The study found that PMWS might have occurred through pig movements, visitors to farms and spread from newly acquired pigs. Thus, careful purchasing and the quarantine of new pigs might delay or prevent infections originating from external sources.
Also, it is essential that pig farm visitors have not been in contact with pigs from other sources for a certain minimum period. Other sources beside pig farms include birds, rodents and other wildlife. Controlling them could also help in disease prevention. Such control practices apply to all pig diseases.