HC Deb 24 February 1982 vol 18 c402W
Sir Timothy Kitson

asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many cases of Aujeszky's disease in pigs have been notified to his Department in the last three years.

Mrs. Fenner

Aujeszky's disease was made notifiable on 1 August 1979. Since then 54 outbreaks have been confirmed as follows:

1 August 1979–31 December 1979 8
1980 22
1981 10
1982 up to 18 February 14

Of the 14 outbreaks up to mid-February, 11 are linked to a single case in Lincolnshire. There is no evidence to suggest that the recent increase in the number of outbreaks indicates an increase in the virulence of the disease.

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