Aujeszky's disease virus

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Disease name Aujeszky's disease virus
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, C
Species affected Multiple(not specified)
Description Aujeszky's disease, also known as pseudorabies, is caused by an alphaherpesvirus that infects the central nervous system and other organs, such as the respiratory tract, in a variety of mammals except humans and the tailless apes. It is associated primarily with pigs, the natural host, which remain latently infected following clinical recovery (except piglets under 2 weeks old, which die from encephalitis). The disease is controlled by containment of infected herds and by the use of vaccines and/or removal of latently infected animals.
Status in Ireland Absent - eradicated
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland 2010
DAFM Division Responsible VPHPPH
S.I. No. 130/2016 - Notification and Control of Diseases affecting Terrestrial Animals (No. 2) Regulations 2016. (
Link to relevant external website - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
WOAH Listed Yes