Postweaning multisystemic wasting syndrome, or PMWS, research is near the top of the National Pork Board’s list of swine-health funding priorities for 2006.  NPB's Swine Health Committee, a producer-led working group, charged with prioritizing checkoff-funded swine-health research and selecting proposals, has selected six projects related to PMWS and Porcine Circovirus-2 (PCV-2). Total 2006 funding will be $300,000. 

Two proposals were approved following a call for non-Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome swine- health proposals. It will receive $100,000.  Four additional projects were approved following a request specifically for PMWS research proposals. They will receive a total of $200,000.

Producers on the Swine Health Committee identified PMWS as a funding priority following an increase in PMWS cases reported from operations around the country.  Porcine Circovirus-2 (PCV-2) is frequently isolated from PMWS outbreaks, as have a range of other respiratory pathogens.

Pamela Zaabel, DVM, director of swine information and research, is NPB's liaison between the Swine Health Committee and the researchers involved in PMWS projects.  “The committee recognized that the forms of the syndrome reported recently are different from what we've seen in past PMWS cases.  There's much we do not yet fully understand about this new form of the syndrome," says Zaabel.

Source: National Pork Board.