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Pig disease surveillance

If you have found something new, unusual, severe, or unresponsive in relation to pig diseases, please contact the PEG veterinary lead or your nearest Veterinary Investigation Centre.

Please note: if you suspect a notifiable disease you must contact APHA immediately.

Explore the diagnoses made by the GB surveillance network through the interactive pig disease surveillance dashboard.

Pig Expert Group (PEG) veterinary lead

PEG veterinary lead - Susanna WilliamsonThe PEG veterinary lead is Susanna Williamson (03000 600018).

Susanna has been the PEG veterinary lead since April 2014. She leads the Defra-funded pig disease scanning surveillance project in APHA, and is a former President of the Pig Veterinary Society.

Susanna also represents APHA on the Pig Health and Welfare Council (PHWC) and the PHWC antimicrobials and surveillance subgroups.

PEG members

To support the PEG veterinary lead, the group has representation from Veterinary Investigation Officers from APHA, SRUC Veterinary Services and the SRUC-VS pig disease surveillance lead representative. In addition, there are APHA members on PEG providing expertise for specific disciplines (e.g. epidemiology, pathology, virology) and specific diseases (e.g. porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, swine influenza).

There is also representation from those involved in International Disease Monitoring, International Trade and Field Veterinary Epidemiology in APHA and from Defra policy.

PEG non-APHA members include representatives from:

PEG surveillance reports

PEG contributes interesting and unusual pig cases, highlights pig disease alerts or findings and provides focus articles relating to pigs for the APHA Veterinary Record monthly disease surveillance report. These are compiled together with contributions from other Species Expert groups.

Quarterly GB Pig Disease Surveillance and Emerging Threats reports are compiled by the PEG. They summarise investigations into threats and other surveillance issues to inform governments, the veterinary profession and livestock farming industries of potential new or re-emerging threats to pig health or changing trends among existing ones.

Recent Interesting Cases

GB pig disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – April-June 2020

  • African Swine Fever summary update
  • Staphylococcus sciuri in septicaemic finishers
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome diagnoses in 2020
  • Swine dysentery diagnoses in GB reduced compared to 2019
  • Lactational osteoporosis in young sows
  • Classical swine fever in Japan
  • PCV3 study in healthy sows and their piglets in Spain

GB pig disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – January-March 2020

  • Summary update on African Swine Fever
  • Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome 2019 diagnoses
  • Ampicillin-resistant Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae
  • Early spring outbreak of Klebsiella pneumoniae septicaemia
  • Coal tar toxicity incident
  • Haemorrhagic tracheitis syndrome investigations North America

GB pig disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – October-December 2019

  • African Swine Fever in South East Asia and Europe
  • Swine fevers ruled out in suspect report cases
  • Pandemic H1N1 2009 and H1N2 influenza strains circulating
  • Swine dysentery diagnostic trend reduces in last quarter of 2019
  • Porcine circovirus 2 genotyping shows shift to PCV2d
  • Novel circovirus species (PCV4) identified in pigs in China

GB pig disease quarterly report: disease surveillance and emerging threats – July - September 2019

  • African Swine Fever in South East Asia and Europe
  • Trueperella abortisuis abortion in a pig herd in Scotland
  • Porcine sapelovirus-associated neurological disease in growers
  • Extended season of Klebsiella pneumoniae septicaemia outbreaks
  • Varied presentations of porcine circovirus 2-associated disease
  • Streptococcus equi subsp. Zooepidemicus in North America

Pig dashboards

Population information

Enhanced Demographic Reports

Disease information

Information notes and alerts on specific diseases or conditions:

Further information (external links)