Cooler weather seems to have caused a dramatic spike in cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, according to a report today by Reuters.
PED virus has spread to about 250 farms since June, Tom Ray, North Carolina director of livestock health, told Reuters on Thursday. While the disease continues to spread, Ray said it appears the rate of spread is slowing....More
For corn not yet harvested, the recent cool, wet weather has created concerns about the growth of molds and mycotoxins. Depending on the type of mold, this could have a significant impact on pork producers, says Bob Thaler, South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension swine specialist....More
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have devised a new patent-pending technology to safely produce foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) vaccines.
A highly contagious disease, FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals such as cattle, swine, sheep and goats. The United States has not had an outbreak of FMD since 1929, but the disease is still prevalent in other countries, can be debilitating in adult animals, and can cause death in young animals....More
Keynote speakers at the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program annual Swine Institute in Columbia on Nov. 13 will highlight containment of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
Bryan Myers, DVM, of the Pipestone Veterinary Clinic of Farley, IA, and Linda Hickam, state veterinarian for the Missouri Department of Agriculture, will address PEDV in the evening session of the meeting at the Courtyard Marriott....More
Human health and animal health experts will be sharing their views on the often polarizing topic of antibiotics and antimicrobial resistance at the “Bridging the Gap between Animal Health and Human Health” symposium in Kansas City, MO, on Nov. 12-14....More
The Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) has organized the nation’s first state PRRS Task Force, says Dick Isler, executive vice president of the OPPC.
“As far as we know, this is the first time this has been done in the country,” Isler says. The group consists of the state’s swine veterinarians, pork producers, allied industry and other pork industry stakeholders....More
Missouri Pork Producers Association (MPPA) has set a series of pork profit seminars for December focusing on ways to improve productivity and swine health status.
The seminars are free to pre-registered attendees; walk-ins will be charged $10, which includes a noon meal and handouts. For registration, click on http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e89t7w2n5e8bbe79&llr=udj4cobab....More
As another flu season rolls around, pork producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs should get the seasonal flu vaccination as soon as possible to help protect human and pig health....More
Zoetis has awarded a $100,000 PRRS Innovation Research Grant to Kyoungjin Yoon, DVM, and Jianqiang Zhang, MD, investigators at Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, to conduct research into virus characterization and the immunobiology of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)....More
In recognition of the increased risk of spreading disease including porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus from commingling animals at an exhibition, show or sale, the National Pork Board has published two documents addressing exhibitors of swine and the organizers of swine exhibitions.
The documents offer recommendations targeting all swine at an exhibit or sale that are physically on the premises....More
The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) received $2 million in federal funds from the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to develop a disease-surveillance technology designed to protect U.S. animal agriculture from potentially catastrophic outbreaks of infectious pathogens, according to John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. The project has the potential for a total $9 million investment over a three-year period....More
The first diagnosis of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in the United States was confirmed in Iowa in mid-May 2013 by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) at Ames. The two tests to diagnose active infections (disease) that became immediately available were polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and immunohistochemistry (IHC).
The next step was to develop a diagnostic test that could detect antibodies to PED virus to determine if pigs were previously infected with this virus....More
On an island off the northeastern tip of Long Island, NY, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are doing their part to safeguard the U.S. food supply, according to a report by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service....More
To assist pork producers and their veterinarians in the management, control and potential elimination of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, the National Pork Board has funded eight, six-month projects....More
Cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus continue to rise slowly with 17 states confirmed as infected by the virus, according to testing data reported by USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) for the period ending Sept. 8, 2013....More
The Animal Health Institute (AHI), which represents animal health drug sponsors, has issued the following statement regarding Monday’s report by the Centers for Disease Control on antibiotic resistance threats in the United States....More
Overprescribing antibiotics to Americans is fueling the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant infections in the United States, according to a report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov.) from CBS News.
More than two million people in the United States get drug-resistant infections annually. About 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics in doctors' arsenals....More
Iowa State University’s (ISU) development of a new diagnostic test for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, a costly disease discovered for the first time in the United States this spring, will provide a crucial tool in early detection of the virus....More
“Bridging the Gap Between Animal Health and Human Health” is a conference designed to bring together those within agriculture, human medicine and the environmental communities to resolve antimicrobial use and resistance concerns.
The symposium will be held Nov. 12-14, 2013 at the Kansas City Airport Marriott in Kansas City, MO. Complete program details and registration information can be found at www.animalagriculture.org. or by calling (800) 237-7193....More
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center just off the tip of New York’s Long Island protects U.S. pork producers from the deadly threat of foreign animal diseases (FADs). Researchers on the 840-acre island find solutions and safeguards to safeguard the future of U.S. food animal production and America’s food security....More
A number of inaccurate media reports surfaced after the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an Aug. 22 report, “U.S. GAO - Food Safety: More Disclosure and Data Needed to Clarify Impact of Changes to Poultry and Hog Inspections.”
The GAO report details findings about the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) new inspection procedures that have been piloted in poultry and swine slaughter plants since 1998....More
Fall manure application this year is cause for concern as pork producers need to be aware of the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus through equipment used to pump and apply manure on land, says Larry Jacobson, Extension agricultural engineer at the University of Minnesota.
The concern exists for all farms but especially those with pigs exhibiting clinical signs of the disease....More
A new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) vaccine, developed by Ohio State University (OSU) researchers, uses biodegradable nanoparticles to deliver an inactivated virus intranasally....More
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus remains a very important disease of swine in the United States. At the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, hundreds of samples are routinely tested for this virus by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) every month. This test can differentiate between the two main types of PRRS virus: the European type and the North American type. Both types have been described in the United States....More