Merck Animal Health announced it will host a symposium, “Emerging Diseases: Learning from the Past to Prepare for the Future,” during the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress in Cancun, Mexico.

The symposium will be held on June 10 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Room G of the Moon Palace Arena.

“Diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) and porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) are expanding to new geographical areas and imposing significant costs on pig producers,” said Narciso Bento, Global Swine Business, MSD Animal Health. “We are proud to partner with leading experts to offer this symposium at the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, which will provide producers with important information to help them manage and prevent outbreaks.”

The symposium will feature four presentations from academics, industry leaders and MSD Animal Health experts on emerging diseases affecting swine. Audio translations of the presentations will be available in Spanish and Portuguese, and attendees will receive a free reference book in English or Spanish, “Handbook of Laboratory Diagnosis in Swine,” coordinated by Dr. Quim Segalés.

Presentations at the symposium include:

  • Emerging disease outbreaks: from PRRS to PED - Dr. Quim Segalés, Professor, University of Barcelona, CReSA, Barcelona, Spain
  • Research and development for new emerging diseases - Dr. Erin Strait, Director, US-Swine Biologicals Research and Development, MSD Animal Health, DeSoto, Kan.
  • Experiences of a swine veterinarian in front of an emerging disease, what did we learn? -  Dr. Matt Ackerman, Partner, Swine Veterinary Services, Greensburg, Ind.
  • Managing disease outbreaks: Creating and promoting health through batch systems - Dr. Miquel Collell, Global Technical Director Swine, MSD Animal Health, Summit, N.J.

For more information about the 23rd International Pig Veterinary Society Congress, visit http://www.ipvs2014.org.