PDV Outbreak Update

17th Oct 2002 Between 9 October and 15 October there have been 288 dead seals reported bringing the total to 2653 since the beginning of the outbreak.

A total of 2294 dead seals have been reported from around the English coast. 75 post-mortem examinations have been carried out, 35 cases have been confirmed as positive for PDV (34 common seals and 1 grey seal), 5 cases have been confirmed as negative for PDV and test results from 35 are pending.

A total of 231 dead seals have been reported from around Scotland, 44 of which have been reported in the last week. At least 17 of the 26 seals reported in Orkney in the last week were grey seals that had been shot. 11 post-mortem examinations have been carried out in Scotland, 1 case has been confirmed as positive for PDV and the other 10 have been confirmed as negative.

A total of 90 dead seals have been reported from around Wales. 3 post-mortem examinations have been carried out but test results are pending.

A total of 38 dead seals have been reported from Northern Ireland. 3 post-mortem examinations have been carried out, 1 case has been confirmed as positive for PDV, 1 case has been confirmed as negative for PDV and the results from the other post-mortem are pending. The confirmed case of PDV in Northern Ireland was found near Tyrella, County Down.

On 08/10/02 the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Stormont, Northern Ireland reported a PDV positive common seal found dead on 21 September on the Aran Islands, Co. Galway.

Additional Story: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/story.jsp?story=342842