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Swine Influenza Virus Includes Avian Influenza Genes

Agricultural Research Service researchers have identified a new strain of swine influenza that belongs to the group of H2 influenza viruses that last infected humans during the 1957 pandemic. FULL STORY »

ARS: New swine flu has avian flu genes

Researchers have identified a new strain of swine influenza -- H2N3 -- and it's composed of avian and swine influenza genes. FULL STORY »

Closing herds to PRRS

Herd closure is one possible method to eliminate porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus from entering breeding herds. While preventing animal introductions may help eliminate PRRS exposure, a significant concern revolves around the prospect of decreased productivity. FULL STORY »

Unraveling PRRS Virus-Transmission Mysteries

Scientists have provided practical protocols to reduce the risk of PRRS virus spread by vehicles, insects, fomites and people. FULL STORY »

Attracting and training swine veterinarians

In an effort to meet future demand, veterinary colleges have implemented systems to identify students with agricultural backgrounds or interest in food animal production early in their Bachelor of Science programs. FULL STORY »

NPB Hires Swine Health Director

Patrick Webb, DVM, is the new director of swine health programs for the National Pork Board. FULL STORY »

Swine disease eradication: Eight methods in use today

There are many factors that cause health status changes in pork production systems, and swine veterinarians need to be ready with protocols that will help adapt to these changes. FULL STORY »

New study identifies keys to finanacial success for swine veterinarians

The AVMA-Pfizer Business Practices Study was released earlier this year and presented at the American Association of Swine Veterinarians annual meeting in Toronto. FULL STORY »

PRRS, PRRS and more PRRS

Mass vaccination, biosecurity, serum therapy, research updates, diagnostics and just about anything else relating to the pork industry’s most costly disease was discussed at this year’s AASV annual meeting in Toronto. FULL STORY »

Using water disappearance for predicting pig health

In most pork production facilities, water disappearance is a better predictor and monitor of performance and health than feed use. FULL STORY »

Pig health still a big reason for veterinary calls

This information was obtained from a “Skills and Tools for Practitioners” seminar during the 2004 American Association of Swine Veterinarians Annual Meeting. FULL STORY »

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