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Uruguay reports two outbreaks of PRRS at two pig farms

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Staff Writer | August 1, 2017
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Uruguay's veterinary authorities have reported two outbreaks of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at two pig farms, one based in Salto and the other in Canelones.

An immediate notification was sent to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) on July 20.[break]


The reports states the presence of the PRRS virus was initially suspected on 12 May and confirmed on the same date after a real-time PCR test was carried out at the Faculty of Sciences, a private laboratory.

A total of 12 pigs (from both farms) were found to be affected by the virus. No deaths have been reported.

According to the OIE, in the framework of the academic investigation about porcine viruses performed by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of the Republic, animals testing positive to the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome were detected through indirect ELISA test and RT-PCR.

The affected premises are located in the departments of Salto and Canelones. An epidemiological investigation has started in the affected premises, as well as in pig farms that imported breeding pigs in the last ten years. Sampling will continue in abattoirs.


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