Grab your colored glasses—the special effects from the latest 3-D technology will have you taking a new look at foreign animal disease control.

“Research shows that you remember information longer when it’s presented in 3-D, and this will help us provide the information that veterinarians and producers need to recognize the possible introduction of a foreign animal disease so an appropriate response and recovery process can be implemented,” says Paul Sundberg, DVM, vice president of science and technology for the National Pork Board.

Slated for its premier at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ annual meeting in early March, the new educational video will focus on identifying, and diagnosing classical swine fever, a costly—and potentially deadly—foreign animal disease.

“The faster we can identify a disease outbreak, the faster we can contain it and protect our international markets,” Sundberg says.

Spotting a foreign animal disease isn’t as easy as it sounds. Classical swine fever, for example, shows no symptoms that clearly differentiate it from other systemic diseases like salmonellaosis. That’s why it’s important to get veterinarians and pork producers to consider the possibility of a foreign animal disease when pigs become ill.

A contagious viral disease, classical swine fever is spread primarily through porcine body fluids including saliva, urine, tears and feces. Known as hog cholera in years past, the disease can still be found in many regions around the globe, from Mexico to South America to Europe.

Since classical swine fever might show up in finisher-sized pigs, NPB worked in cooperation with the North Carolina Pork Council to film the 3-D training video at an actual finishing operation. Other partners included IowaStateUniversity, which provided the script for the video, the AASV, which will help distribute the video to veterinarians across the country, and USDA, which funded the project.

The educational video is designed for a wide range of audiences. It can be shown to groups when a special 3-D projector and screen are used. The video will also be distributed in a DVD format that can be played on home computers. In both cases, viewers will wear special 3-D glasses to get the full effect.

The video is also a key component of a complete package of educational materials NPB is compiling to help protect the U.S. pork industry from the threat of a foreign animal disease outbreak.

“It’s critical to protect our international markets, and we can reach this goal by educating veterinarians and producers about biosecurity, foreign animal disease identification and response/recovery,” Sundberg says.

Source: National Pork Board