ARCHIVE: Swine flu: Surveillance

Surveillance for swine influenza is performed in the UK and in some other European Member States. The surveillance programme in England and Wales is funded by Defra and delivered by the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA). A similar surveillance programme is delivered in Scotland by Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Services (SAC). Surveillance in England and Wales is part of Defra’s wider surveillance of monitoring for new and emerging diseases in the pig population.

Samples submitted to VLA from pigs with respiratory disease are tested for swine influenza. If swine influenza is detected, further investigation is performed to determine the subtype of the virus and to identify if the virus is similar or different to those identified in the national pig herd.

The influenza pandemic H1N1 2009 virus currently circulating in humans, is a novel H1N1 strain which has not been detected in European pig populations.

The number of swine influenza incidents recorded in GB, based on the surveillance programme delivered by VLA and SAC, has been stable in recent years.  

Page last modified: July 28, 2009

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