At the end of April Richard, Laura and Annie attended the 7th European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM). This was a conference for pig vets, scientists and allied industries from across Europe. The conference covered a broad cross section of topics but "Keynote" areas were Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP), Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED), Mycotoxins and Group Housed sows (a subject the British vets were very familiar with, but a concept that is still quite new to most of Europe!).
PED is a still a "hot" topic despite it being 2 years after the initial outbreak in the United States. This is due to the horrific impact it has had in North America (an estimated 14 million pigs have died), it's highly infectious nature, and the real threat it poses to the European pig industry as the highly pathogenic US PED strain (100% mortality in the first week) is now in the Ukraine, and the lower pathogenic strain (60% mortality) is in several countries in mainland Europe.
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