The People’s Republic of China notifies officially to the OIE an outbreak of Streptococcus suis in pigs, including laboratory investigation research in animals

Recent information of a disease in pigs affecting humans occurring in the Sinchuan province in the People’s Republic of China has been circulating. The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) requested the OIE Delegate to the People’s Republic of China to provide detailed information about the nature of the disease in animals. The Delegate today officially provided the OIE with the investigation results carried out by the Veterinary Services in the affected animals.

According to the report, the date of the first confirmation of the disease was the 25 July 2005. It is confirmed that the outbreak occurred first in pigs in the Sichuan Province in 8 backyard farms.

The National Animal Exotic Centre and the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute of the People’s Republic of China did the differential laboratory diagnosis and excluded Avian Influenza virus and Nipah virus.

As immediate control measures, stamping out, quarantine, screening, movement control inside the country and zoning were undertaken. The use of vaccination may be considered to be further undertaken.

The OIE is in close contact with the Veterinary Authorities of the People’s Republic of China and will continue to monitor the situation very closely.