TAIWAN to resume vaccinations on hogs to fight foot-and-mouth disease
Posted: July 31st, 2009 - 5:29pm
Source: Taiwan News
Taipei -- Taiwan will begin from Aug. 1 giving every hog aged between 12 to 14 weeks vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) announced Friday.
BAPHIQ Deputy Director General Huang Kuo-ching said that the measure was taken to prevent the disease virus from spreading after seven outbreaks have been reported from hog farms in the Yunlin, Changhua, Chiayi, Pingtung, Taoyuan and Hsinchu areas since February.
The sporadic cases indicated that the virus had not been completely destroyed following eradication efforts in the aftermath of an outbreak in 1997, Huang said.
The resumption of vaccination means that the day for Taiwan to be listed as a fully FMD-free country will not come in the short run, he added. Taiwan has been working to become a fully FMD-free country after it was recognized by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) as an "FMD-free country with vaccination" thanks to its efforts to eliminate the disease since the 1997 outbreak.
Huang stated that 90 percent of the hogs around the country have never been given shots of an anti-FMD vaccine since 2005, when the vaccination was fully stopped in efforts to seek Taiwan's FMD-free status.