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 »

H3N2 raises watchful eye, not red flags

With many county and state fairs underway, human and animal health officials are closely monitoring the prospects of H3N2 influenza virus exposure between swine and humans. As of the Aug. 3, 29 people had been identified with the virus since July 2011. Twenty-three individuals reported contact with swine prior to the onset of illness, 19 cases were associated with fairs. FULL STORY »

NPPC submits concerns over FDA proposed regulation

In its comments, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) requests changes or clarification on seven areas of the draft regulation regarding Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) “in an attempt to make the transition of all feed antibiotics to VFD smoother”. FULL STORY »

NBAF: Weighing the options

We need the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), but given the need to cut government spending, should we consider less-comprehensive but less-costly options? That is the focus of a report the National Academies of Science (NAS) released last week titled “Meeting Critical Laboratory Needs For Animal Agriculture: Examination of Three Options.” FULL STORY »

AFBF: FDA’s antibiotic proposals lack science

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) emphasizes that there have been no peer-reviewed scientific studies to support the theory that judicious use of antibiotics in livestock increases antibiotic resistance in humans. Also, there is no data to indicate that limiting antibiotic use in livestock decreases human health problems with antibiotic resistance. FULL STORY »

Antibiotic symposium from NIAA

The National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) will host “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium on Nov. 13-15, in Columbus, Ohio. The symposium is open to all who have a stake in engaging in meaningful dialogue and creating successful strategies to preserve antibiotic efficacy. FULL STORY »

Minimize residues, focus on drug management

With the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement of new and more efficient residue testing methods in meat products, James McKean, DVM, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, urges pork producers to review their operational and management decisions regarding drug usage. FULL STORY »

Researcher optimistic on battle against PRRS Play video

While porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is still costing the U.S. pork industry about $1.8 million per day, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future, says Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University. He cites regional PRRS virus elimination programs and herd closure and rollover methodology as positive steps in eliminating the virus. FULL STORY »

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