State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity Practices to Prevent Swine Flu
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland Department of Agriculture reminds anyone showing pigs this summer to practice strict biosecurity with their animals. This reminder comes after two county fairs in Ohio have reported positive cases of Swine Influenza (H3/N2v). In addition to swine, the fairs have also reported cases of humans testing positive for the disease.
“In light of recent developments in Ohio, it is critical to practice strict biosecurity with our show pigs here in Maryland,” said State Veterinarian Dr. Michael Radebaugh. “This strain of Swine Influenza is transferable to humans, but preventable if we take proper precautions.”
State officials urge exhibitors to report any animal displaying clinical symptoms immediately. Animal Health inspectors will be on-site at fairs and shows with diagnostic equipment. Other good biosecurity practices include hand washing, and keep food/drink out of barns and exhibit areas.
Exhibitors are reminded to routinely inspect their animals for signs of contagious or infectious disease before bringing them to shows. The Department also recommends isolating any animals returning from shows in separate facilities with appropriate biosecurity for 30 days before re-entry into the herd.
For more information on swine health, visit the department’s website or contact the Animal Health office at 410-841-5810.
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