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University of Cambridge

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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,CB2 3EB

United Kingdom

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Pembroke College


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Genus plc

Global Health Assurance Advisor


The Pig Veterinary Society

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MA


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Dr Dan Tucker, University of Cambridge, UK


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Dr Dan Tucker, a senior lecturer in veterinary public health and pig medicine at the Cambridge Veterinary School who headed the investigations into pig pleurisy, said his team found 78% of all batches of UK pigs showed some indication of pleurisy, with 10% of those showing pleurisy running at more than 20%.
Dr Tucker said: "People have known about pleurisy for a long time, but now we have firm statistical evidence showing the extent of this disease and revealing the considerable economic damage it causes." said Dr Tucker. "This disease, which has few observable clinical symptoms and can only be diagnosed definitely in post-mortem inspections, is affecting most UK producers, but we now know that they can take action to reduce the impact of this disease," said Dr Tucker. The report by Dr Tucker and his team was a practical step in the right direction and had at least identified ways to try and prevent future losses. At the same time, it raised several new questions that needed answering to prevent further damage to the industry. Dr Tucker and the BPEX Knowledge Transfer Team will be taking this report out to producers and processors across the country to drum home the messages it offers to help them start reducing the losses caused by pleurisy in pigs. For further information contact Dan Tucker email: awt1000@cam.ac.uk ortel: 01223 330885.


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Prof. Dan Tucker, University of Cambridge, UK


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Dr Dan Tucker, a lecturer in pig health at the University of Cambridge-"Global pig diseases don't respect borders and we need strict international trade regulations."
The fact that 50 percent of the world's pig population are in non-intensive production systems, poses a potential threat to global pig health-new investment is needed to modernize the industry and reduce disease risks. That was the message of pig health expert, Dr Dan Tucker, who delivered the Tom Alexander Memorial Lecture at the 22nd International Pig Veterinary Society in Jeju, Korea, in June. Preventing pig disease Calling for international cooperation and communication to help pig producers make the necessary changes and increase surveillance, Dr Tucker, a lecturer in pig health at the University of Cambridge in the UK, also urged governments to help local pig farmers invest in what could be "quite expensive" alterations to improve production and produce healthy pigs. "There are some 900 million pigs in the world, with about 50 percent produced under intensive production systems," said Dr Tucker. "But the other half are in non-intensive systems, such as backyard pig farms, particularly in developing countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and parts of China and they need time to change." The problem is that while intensive systems include regular up-to-date disease and pathogen monitoring, there is little or no monitoring in the non-intensive systems, which can lead to a high risk of new diseases emerging, he explained. "Moreover, these non-intensive production pigs have a greater chance of contact with wild animals and other domesticated species and catching some new disease, or pathogen from them," said Dr Tucker. "If these new pathogens mutate in the pig, they could jump from pigs in the non-intensive systems to others in intensive systems." This is important because he said he believes that more focus on pig health can help producers improve productivity and meat safety, as well as provide better pig welfare on farms. Biosecurity measures "To control and prevent disease, everything has to be based on evidence, which has to come from surveillance," Dr Tucker explained. "If people can't keep a proper watch over half of the world's pig population, they have to be prepared for some surprises. "That's why I see the fact that 50 percent of our pigs are still in non-intensive systems is a major potential threat to global pig health," he said. "Global organizations such as FAO and WHO could help build technical partnerships to facilitate change by helping developed countries transfer knowledge and expertise in endemic diseases, diagnostic testing, sample collection and surveillance to reduce the health risks," says Dr Tucker. "They could also become important sources of funding to promote collaboration between nations." "Global pig diseases don't respect borders and we need strict international trade regulations," says Dr Tucker. Some researchers had already started to identify the differences between disease-related strains of streptococcus suis and non-disease-related colonised strains, translating to new diagnostic tools and methods to track bacteria as they moved from the sow to the piglet and through to the finishing stages, Dr Tucker said. "This technique could help us discover at what stage of life pigs are most susceptible to infections, which would help us set up better control programs and design new methods to help make the industry less reliant on antibiotics," he said.


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The finalists were chosen by a judging panel comprising chairman Richard Longthorp, pig industry training supremo, Gerry Brent, industry consultant and founder of the industry's accredited Certificates of Competence, and Dr Dan Tucker, senior lecturer at the University of Cambridge school of Veterinary Medicine.


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