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No More Swiss Pigs Detected With Respiratory Disease

December 04, 2012

Swiss authorities haven’t detected additional cases of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome after pigs on three farms in the east of the country were found last week to be infected with the viral disease.

Preliminary serological tests of pigs at the farms show “no indication that the disease has spread further,” the Federal Veterinary Office in Bern said in a statement today.

The infected pigs, which were slaughtered last week, had been inseminated with sperm imported from Germany, the government said. While the viral disease can cause reproductive and respiratory problems, it’s not dangerous for humans, it said.

The veterinary office said 27 pig farms with animals inseminated with sperm from Germany have closed and animals from the farms are subject to blood tests.

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