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PED will have to be reported to UK authorities

Pig vetFrom this Friday, pig-keepers and vets will be legally required to inform the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency of any suspicion of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED).

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If a test for PED proves positive, government action will be limited to informing industry, so tracings can be carried out and improved biosecurity measures put in place.

The measure has been introduced by Government at the request of pig industry bodies, including NPA, because PED remains a significant threat to British pig-keepers.

Outbreaks of high-impact strains caused up to 100 percent mortality in young pigs in the United States, knocking out around 10 percent of pig production in 2013-2014, and the disease has since spread to Ukraine.

Even with milder European Union strains, piglet mortality as high as 70 percent has been reported.

There will be no statutory movement controls, no compulsory slaughter and no blocks on exports.

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