Diseases

Dissecting the seasonality of PRRS

The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus has been challenging pork producers and veterinarians for nearly three decades. Two University of Minnesota veterinary researchers are working to determine whether PRRS season is a real or imagined phenomenon. FULL STORY »

Harrisvaccines gets $1.114 million to develop FMD vaccine

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate has awarded Harrisvaccines, Ames, Iowa, a $1.114 million contract to develop an RNA Particle (RP) vaccine in an effort to protect the United States from foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). FULL STORY »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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