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Guidelines on surveillance and control measures for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in pigs
Guidelines on surveillance and control measures for pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in pigs


The European Commission has recently published a ‘Working document on surveillance and control measures for the pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza virus in pigs’. The document provides guidance to the competent authorities in the Member States and asks for appropriate testing capacity in the veterinary laboratories.


The document had been drafted after consultations with scientists, risk assessors and risk managers on the pandemic (H1N1) virus at the human-animal interface, focusing on the potential risks arising. The draft had then been discussed with the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, as well as during a meeting with certain stakeholders (FVE attended the stakeholder meeting on 9 July). Key principles which are suggested in case that the virus enters European pig farms are vigilance, proportionality and flexibility. Culling of pigs is explicitly not recommended, while enhanced biosecurity and movement restrictions are amongst the most important measures. For more information and for the document please visit: DG Sanco website