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Eradication of Aujeszky's disease from New Zealand pig herds 1976–1997
  1. G. R. Pannett, BVSc,MACVSc1,
  2. M. X. J. Motha, BvSc, PhD2 and
  3. S. C. Macdiarmid, BVSc,PhD3
  1. 1 Agriquality New Zealand, PO Box 11, Masterton, New Zealand
  2. 2 National Centre for Disease Investigation, MAF Operations, PO Box 40742, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  3. 3 MAF Regulatory Authority, PO Box 2526, Wellington, New Zealand

Abstract

Aujeszky's disease was first diagnosed in the North Island of New Zealand in 1976. It has never been reported in the South Island. An industry-funded eradication programme was initiated in 1989 to eradicate the disease from the national pig herd. By using a combination of serological surveys, abattoir surveillance, test and slaughter, depopulation, vaccination and movement restrictions, Aujeszky's disease was eradicated by 1997.

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