Diseases

Pork industry hunts for deadly pig virus

The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs - one never before seen in North America - is raising questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply. FULL STORY »

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea: Don’t bring it home

Swine herds have no immunity to new virus – Strict biosecurity is best method for prevention and control of PED. FULL STORY »

PEDv confirmed in Iowa, Indiana hog herds

Farms in two of the nation's leading pork producing states have tested positive for the potentially fatal porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), U.S. pork industry veterinarian official said Monday. FULL STORY »

USDA says has detected virus in Iowa hog population

USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories has detected porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV), a virus associated with outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting, in the Iowa hog population, a USDA spokesman said on Friday. FULL STORY »

Iowa State researchers awarded grant to study PRRS

The researchers, led by Jack Dekkers, professor of animal science, will seek to identify genes in pigs that make them less susceptible to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS). FULL STORY »

Flu activity increases nationwide

Influenza activity continues to increase in the United States which is now experiencing high levels of influenza-like-illness (ILI). And, even though the flu season is now in full force, the National Pork Board (NPB) still recommends producers, farm personnel and others who have contact with pigs get the seasonal flu vaccination. FULL STORY »

USDA issues Final Rule on animal disease traceability

The new rule allows a disease to be brought under control and eradicated more quickly, saving animals – and taxpayer dollars – and keeping foreign markets open to exports, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). FULL STORY »

PRRS research focuses on swine genome

Swine genomic markers, phenotypes, chromosomes and genotyping are playing an increasingly important role in the latest efforts against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus. The science of genetics will play a vital role in the development of PRRS-resistant pigs and eventual elimination of the disease. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic use, resistance calls for “One Health” approach

The message emerging from the “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use & Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio, is clear: Antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance are the responsibility of all communities—human health, animal health and environmental health—and solutions will require collaboration of these health communities. FULL STORY »

6 steps for a PRDC checkup

For both humans and animals the transition period from fall to winter can raise some health issues as buildings are closed up and ventilation, heating and air-quality systems are tested. For pigs, this means that porcine respiratory disease complex (PRDC) can become more of a challenge. FULL STORY »

What you need to know about influenza Play video

Jennifer Koeman, National Pork Board’s director of producer and public health, offers tips to protect people and pigs as influenza season gets underway. She also explains virus strains and how they get their names. FULL STORY »

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