Diseases

Harrisvaccines receives H3N2 swine influenza vaccine license

The vaccine is the first to be licensed by the USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB) that utilizes RNA Particle Technology. This groundbreaking platform allows for the manufacture of vaccines without ever isolating a live virus from infected animals. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic-resistant pathogens persist in antibiotic-free pigs

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found identical strains of antibiotic-resistant Campylobacter Coli (C. coli) in both antibiotic-free (ABF) and conventionally raised pigs. This finding may indicate that these antibiotic-resistant pathogens can persist regardless of a pork producer's antimicrobial use. FULL STORY »

NAHMS Swine 2012 Study enters phase II

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has completed phase I of the National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) focused on swine. It is now entering phase II, and organizers need pork producers’ help. FULL STORY »

Take steps now to reduce influenza risk

With human cases of H3N2 influenza virus, reportedly contracted from pigs at fairs this summer, pork producers are turning their attention to prevention measures among employees and in their herds. FULL STORY »

The impact of PRRS on the cost of pig production

One of the most prominent health issues in the pork industry is the porcine reproductive and repository syndrome virus (PRRSv). It causes extended days to market for growing pigs and reproductive problems in the breeding herd. FULL STORY »

BIVI accepting 2013 PRRS Research Proposals

For the last 10 years, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. (BIVI) has contributed $75,000 annually through its Advancement in PRRS Research Awards to fund three selected research programs. The company is soliciting research proposals for 2013. FULL STORY »

NBAF: The reviews are done and it’s time to act

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., makes no bones about it. The time is now to continue with funding and the construction of the new National Bio and Agro Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kan. Roberts points to a trip to Russia and a mock foot-and-mouth disease exercise as demonstrating the urgent need for a biosafety level 4 laboratory to replace the aging Plum Island, N.Y., facility. FULL STORY »

More H3N2 influenza cases surface

As of the end of last week 159 people in nine states had been identified with H3N2 influenza virus infections this year. Most of the recent cases have occurred after contact with pigs at county or state fairs. FULL STORY »

Study sheds light on 2009 H1N1 influenza infections

University of Florida infectious disease experts have released a study revealing that several pigs exhibited at U.S. state fair competitions in 2009 were infected with influenza virus, despite their healthy appearance. FULL STORY »

Increased surveillance identifies more H3N2 cases

Health officials in both Indiana and Ohio have reported an increase in diagnosed H3N2 influenza cases within the past week. These cases come on the heels of significantly expanded surveillance, which the officials point to as the reason for the increase. FULL STORY »

PRRS vaccine now available in 100-dose vial

Swine veterinarians and producers can use fewer bottles of Ingelvac PRRS MLV to vaccinate their pigs and breeding herds against porcine reproductive and respiratory (PRRS) virus with the availability of a new 100-dose vial. FULL STORY »

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