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Vaccine for S. typhimurium to launch in UK

Pig farmers in the UK and 11 other European countries will now be able to protect their herds from Salmonella typhimurium.

Ceva will launch Salmoporc in the UK, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Slovak Republic throughout the remainder of 2019.

The live attenuated vaccine has been used on German and Polish farms for more than 15 years. It is administered orally in piglets or through subcutaneous injection in sows.

Ceva vet Dr Rike Schmelz said: “Salmonella in pigs is growing threat and an important zoonotic disease. According to the 2018 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report, salmonellosis is the second most reported zoonosis in Europe with over 90.000 cases reported in humans.

Salmonella Typhimurium and monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium represented 17 per cent of confirmed human cases in 2017 so constitutes a major risk to humans.” 

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RSPCA braced for ‘hectic hedgehog month’

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 The RSPCA says that it is bracing itself for a ‘hectic hedgehog month’ after calls to the charity about the creatures peaked this time last year.

More than 10,000 calls about hedgehogs were made to the RSPCA’s national helpline in 2018, 1,867 of which were in July. This compares with just 133 calls received in February of the same year.

Evie Button, the RSPCA’s scientific officer, said: “July is our busiest month for hedgehogs. Not only do calls about hedgehogs peak, but so do admissions to our four wildlife centres as members of the public and our own officers bring in orphaned, sick or injured animals for treatment and rehabilitation.” 

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ASF traces found in seized meat at NI airport

More than 300kg of illegal meat and dairy products were seized at Northern Ireland’s airports in June, DAERA has revealed.

A sample of these were tested at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, resulting in the detection of African swine fever DNA fragments.

DAERA said that while the discovery does not pose a significant threat to Northern Ireland’s animal health status, it underlines the importance of controls placed on personal imports of meat and dairy products. Holidaymakers travelling overseas are being reminded not to bring any animal or plant products back home.