In June 2014, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) issued a Federal Order for monitoring and managing novel swine enteric coronavirus diseases (SECD). APHIS provided $26.2 million in emergency funding to support the efforts and now the emergency funding is ending.
Novel swine enteric coronavirus diseases are diseases in swine caused by emerging porcine coronaviruses and include porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) and porcine delta coronavirus (PDCoV).
Anticipating the depletion of funds, APHIS will pay for the testing of SECD diagnostic samples received on or before April 30, 2016, and billed to APHIS’ Veterinary Services program before June 30, 2016. Swine operations conducting diagnostic sampling after this date will not be reimbursed by APHIS for testing.
Earlier this year, Veterinary Services issued a revised SECD Federal Order to extend the availability of emergency funds for diagnostic testing and reporting through the winter season as PEDV thrives in cold, damp environments. Maximizing resources, Veterinary Services eliminated the requirement that a herd management plan be developed, as well as payments to veterinarians for completion of herd plans and payments to producers for biosecurity practices (truck washing and disinfection).
APHIS’ Veterinary Services plans to engage stakeholders in discussions to determine the future of the SECD program and how it fits into comprehensive and integrated swine surveillance and other swine health activities.
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