Porcine circovirus associated disease updates are now only a click away. The National Pork Board and Kansas State University’s PCVAD expert, Dick Hesse, DVM, have teamed up to provide timely, accurate information in managing PCVAD.
NPB has contracted with Hesse and Kansas State University to provide monthly updates on what’s new with PCVAD. The April 2008 posting, along with previous updates, is available at www.pork.org/Producers/pcvad.aspx. Two brochures also are available for download “A Producer's Guide to Managing PCVAD” and “PCV- Associated Diseases, Take Steps to Protect your Herd.”
The early 2008 articles will provide the basic knowledge that will help the reader understand other information that will be posted about PCVAD. NPB notes that at least one new posting will be added to the site each month.
The PCVAD site also provides information on related disease complexes, including “blue ear,” a newly-emerging, high-fever disease that has killed millions of pigs in China since 2006. In late 2007, Kansas State’s Hesse joined a team of specialists who traveled to China to study the outbreak and identify biosecurity control mechanisms to hinder the spread of the disease in China. These lessons learned can also help enhance biosecurity to control the spread of PCVAD and other serious swine diseases in the United States.
Since 2006, the NPB, with additional investment from the USDA, has invested over $1.1million in research that will help producers better manage PCVAD. Online resources at Pork.org offer a valuable tool to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd.