The primary results came after the analyses of samples provided from the Norwegian Surveillance
This is the first time that PRCV has been detected in Norway, but the virus is widespread in most pig populations throughout Europe.
As a consequence of the veterinary agreement with the EU, Norway has carried out extensive annual surveillance of PRCV since the virus surveillance programme was established
Virus attacks respiratory tract
PRCV cannot infect humans, or livestock other than pigs. PRCV infects the respiratory tract of the pig, and an animal can be infected but exhibit no or only mild signs.
“Pigs with PRCV are often not visibly ill, but they can become affected and may be more susceptible to other infections and diseases,” says Carl Andreas Grøntvedt, pig health expert at the NVI.
PRCV most effectively spreads through direct contact between pigs, such as during
Assisting the Food Safety Authority
The NVI is assisting the NFSA in mapping possible routes of infection and in further investigation of the pig population. The immediate plan is
The Food Safety Authority has imposed restrictions on the herds in question, including the prohibition of movement of pigs to and from the farms concerned without permission from the NFSA.