Perhaps the beginning of the end...
- From: "Pat Gardiner" <patgardiner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 21:48:54 +0100
Pat's Note: It seems that the RCVS has decided that discretion is the better
part of valour when handing the start date for the PMWS epidemic. Perhaps
they would be kind enough to correct all the other under regulated
hangers-on with more than enough to hide.
You can't run around telling porkies when you have annoyed a retired
shipbroker by threatening his wife. It might take seven years, but we hang
The RCVS correctly state it to be 1999 and specifically link it to England.
Correct. Well done! It was probably a mutation.
I would be even more impressed if they struck a few bent government vets off
Once again, the current virulent form of PMWS (under many names) hit
epidemic proportions in East Anglia in 1999. Before CSF and before FMD.
It actually arrived in the UK in 1998. Work it out.
"There is growing concern internationally about the spread of PMWS,
especially in North America and Asia"
Correct. I expect class actions from the US. Britain lied.
03 August 2007 Royal Veterinary College research to tackle Post-weaning
multi-systemic wasting syndrome
The Royal Veterinary College is contributing to a £11.5m programme to tackle
some of the most harmful and widespread diseases that commonly affect farmed
animals in the UK. Professor Dirk Werling from the Royal Veterinary College
is heading a £2.4m project, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the British Pig Executive (BPEX), and two
industrial partners, Pfizer Ltd (UK) and BioBest, to identify why
Post-weaning multi-systemic wasting syndrome (PMWS) occurs and to
potentially develop new methods of controlling the disease.
'This project presents a combined effort of three internationally recognized
teams at the Royal Veterinary College to tackle one of the most important
endemic pig diseases,' said Professor Werling. 'By combining our knowledge
in the areas of epidemiology, immunology and animal husbandry and welfare,
we will gain new insight into how this virus causes this crippling disease.'
PMWS is a common disease of young pigs in the U.K. It is extremely
debilitating, causes considerable suffering and poor welfare, and has a high
mortality of up to 30%. It is estimated that the disease costs the UK
farming industry £30m per year.
Since entering England in 1999, PMWS has spread throughout the UK, reaching
Scotland in 2002. Currently BPEX estimates that approx 6000 units in the UK
were affected with PMWS in 2006, and an estimated 83% of British pig units
were affected in March 2007. There is growing concern internationally about
the spread of PMWS, especially in North America and Asia,
This project comprises a unique interdisciplinary approach to investigate
this endemic disease and will integrate modern scientific techniques from
epidemiology, genetics, microbiology, pathology, molecular immunology and
environmental science to identify why PMWS occurs, leading to new control
British pig farmers will be involved in the project from the start, thereby
guaranteeing that pigs in Britain will be the first to benefit from this
research, while collaboration with a major international pharmaceutical
company will ensure that new veterinary products will be made available to
pig farmers worldwide.
BPEX Director of Pig Industry Development Mark Wilson said: "Tackling PMWS
is of vital importance for the British pig industry because of its
devastating effects. This is an exciting project which could bring valuable
results for improving the health of the national herd."
The project is one of only 10 BBSRC-funded projects in the UK that will
employ cutting-edge bioscience to study endemic diseases. Together, they
will contribute to improved animal health and welfare, as well as reduced
economic losses. The research will generate better scientific understanding
of the behavior and spread of the diseases which can then be used to improve
their management and control.
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