Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Swine Disease Eradication Center have compiled the Biosecurity Protocols for the Prevention of Spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus. Development of this manual was funded in part through a grant from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation.
The new manual provides a summary of experiments conducted at the SDEC. The experiments study the routes of PRRSV transmission and examine biosecurity protocols to reduce this risk. The overall objectives of the research project are:
- To assess the efficacy of 3 levels of biosecurity (high, medium, low) on reducing the risk of PRSR virus introductions to naïve pig populations
- To evaluate the role of season and animal flow on the local spread of PRRS virus
- To estimate the frequency and significance of known routes of PRRS virus transmission
- To compile a biosecurity manual that summarizes routes, intervention, and monitoring protocols for use on commercial farms
Researchers at the SDEC are confident that the application of these procedures will help minimize PRRSV spread. The authors, Andrea Pitkin, Satoshi Otake and Scott Dee, hope that swine veterinarians can utilize this information to help their clients develop effective biosecurity programs for sustainable PRRS control. The manual is available online. A Spanish version is expected to be available soon.
Other SDEC partners include Pig Improvement Company, Genetiporc, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Pharmacological Solutions, Pfizer Animal Health, Novartis Animal Health, Noveko, Pipestone Veterinary Clinic, Fairmont Veterinary Clinic, Clinique Demeter and Swine Vet Center.