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News Archives 2014

Articles presented here do not represent the opinions or views of the Canadian Swine Health Board. These updates are simply intended to demonstrate the diversity of current information being reported about swine health around the world.

 

January 2014

February 2014

March 2014

April 2014

 

News Updates: Thursday, January 2, 2014

Differences in muscle characteristics of piglets related to the sow parity

The results of this study indicate that parity influences the pre-natal development of piglets and that the best muscle characteristics of piglets born from 3rd and 4th parity sows were responsible for their higher weight at birth.
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Population dynamics of cocirculating swine influenza A viruses in the United States from 2009 to 2012

Understanding the ecology and evolution of influenza A viruses (IAV) in mammalian hosts is critical to reduce disease burden in production animals and lower zoonotic infection risk in humans.
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Organic barn dust extract exposure impairs porcine macrophage function in vitro: Implications for respiratory health

Respiratory diseases are responsible for a significant amount of animal morbidity and mortality in the swine industry, including the majority of nursery and grower/finisher deaths.
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News Updates: Friday, January 3, 2014

Latest Cases of PED Hit New Record

The adjustment to the figures for new cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) has made the last week's total the highest since the outbreak began.
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PEDv still a threat

(Although the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has not been reported in North Dakota, the number of cases continues to grow elsewhere in the U.S.
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Effects of inorganic or organic selenium on immunoglobulins in swine

A study was conducted to determine if Se source fed during gestation and lactation affects passive transfer of immunoglobulins.
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News Updates: Monday, January 6, 2014

Harrisvaccines develops pig vaccine to curb spread of PEDv

An Iowa animal pharmaceutical company has shipped about 770,000 doses of a new vaccine that treats a deadly swine virus first detected in U.S. herds this year and has spread to 20 states, a company official said in an interview. 
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Does Biosecurity for PEDV Inconvenience You?

Blogger Mike Brumm of Brumm Swine Consultancy at North Mankato, MN, says the biggest question he heard from a recent sow farm struck by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was when can we start keeping pigs alive? Brumm visited to assess ventilation settings and gilt development unit options.
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Risk factors associated with the presence of hepatitis E virus in livers and seroprevalence in slaughter-age pigs: a retrospective study of 90 swine farms in France

The frequency of sporadic cases of hepatitis E in humans in developed countries has increased in recent years. The consumption of raw or undercooked pig liver-based products has been identified as an important source of human infection.
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News Updates: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FSIS Releases New Compliance Guidelines for Hog Facilities

New compliance guidelines for controlling Salmonella in hog slaughter facilities will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, according to an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Study Opens up Possibilities to Help Diagnose, Control Glässer's disease

According to a study published in the "Journal of Bacteriology" involving Dr Virginia Aragon, research conducted at the Centre for Research on Animal Health (CReSA) has opened up new possibilities to help diagnose and control Glässer's disease.
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Swine influenza virus vaccine serologic cross-reactivity to contemporary US swine H3N2 and efficacy in pigs infected with an H3N2 similar to 2011-2012 H3N2v

Swine IAV in the United States is complex and dynamic. Vaccination to minimize virus shedding can help limit transmission of virus among pigs and people. However, vaccines must be updated..
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News Updates: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Effect of zinc chelate and valnemulin for the treatment of swine dysentery in an experimental challenge study

The aim of study was to determine the influence of zinc chelate, valnemulin and it's combination on Brachyspira hyodysenteriae shedding and morphological changes of colonic mucosa in an experimental model of swine dysentery (SD).
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Genetic diversity of ORF3 and spike genes of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Thailand

The results of this study suggest that the PEDV isolates responsible for outbreaks in Thailand since its emergence represent a variant of PEDV that was previously reported in China and Korea. 
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Describing antimicrobial use and reported treatment efficacy in Ontario swine using the Ontario swine veterinary-based Surveillance program

The authors suggest that a more preventative approach to herd health should be taken in order to reduce antimicrobial inputs on-farm, including improved immunity via vaccination, management and biosecurity strategies.
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News Updates: Thursday, January 9, 2014

First case of African swine fever registered in Ukraine since 2012

The African swine fever (ASF) was registered in Luhansk region. ASF has not been diagnosed in Ukraine since 2012, the press service of the State Veterinary and Phytosanitary Service of Ukraine reports.
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German wild boars found to carry Aujeszky antibodies

Antibodies for Aujeszky’s Disease have been found in carcasses of two wild boars in Bavaria state, Southern Germany. The disease, also known as pseudorabies, is officially eradicated in conventional swine production in Germany.
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Different evolutionary trends of swine H1N2 influenza viruses in Italy compared to European viruses

European H1N2 swine influenza viruses (EU H1N2SIVs) arose from multiple reassortment events among human H1N1, human H3N2, and avian influenza viruses.
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News Updates: Friday, January 10, 2014

Danish Study to Investigate Zinc, Piglet Health

The addition of high amounts of zinc to the diet of newly weaned pigs increases the growth rate and reduces the incidence of diarrhoea.
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Phylogenetic analysis of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) field strains in central China based on the ORF3 gene and the main neutralization epitopes

Since 2010, porcine epidemic diarrhea has re-emerged with devastating impact on the swine-raising industry in central China.
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A possible outbreak of swine influenza, 1892

Influenza A viruses are globally enzootic in swine populations. Swine influenza has been recognised only since 1918, but an anecdotal report suggests that a swine-influenza epizootic might have occurred in England in 1892, at the same time as an explosive epidemic (or pandemic recurrence) of human influenza.
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News Updates: Monday, January 13, 2014

Danes Tackle World's Most Contagious Pig Disease

An international team of researchers is working to develop a new and more effective vaccine against PRRS – the most important contagious swine disease in the world – which annually costs society enormous amounts and leads to poor animal welfare.
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Dirty trucks weak link in virus chain

Livestock haulers that bring cattle into Canada and take pigs back to the United States are causing concerns about potential spread of a deadly pig virus.
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Risk factors associated with the presence of hepatitis E virus in livers and seroprevalence in slaughter-age pigs: a retrospective study of 90 swine farms in France

The frequency of sporadic cases of hepatitis E in humans in developed countries has increased in recent years. The consumption of raw or undercooked pig liver-based products has been identified as an important source of human infection.
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News Updates: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Federal government names new chief vet

The Canadian government has named a new chief to oversee the country’s animal and veterinary public health infrastructure. Dr. Harpreet S. Kochhar was announced Tuesday as Canada’s new chief veterinary officer, replacing Dr. Ian Alexander.
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ADVET - S: Advanced Distributed Veterinary Education and Training Online Swine Veterinary Course

PRRS Diagnostics: Bringing value to your clients through accurate interpretation and sound implementation. Registration available on the ADVET-S at: http://www.advet.net/course-listings/.
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Multiple-class antimicrobial resistance surveillance in swine Escherichia coli F4, Pasteurella multocida and Streptococcus suis isolates from Ontario and the impact of the 2004-2006 Porcine Circovirus type-2 Associated Disease outbreak

The objective of this work was to describe trends in multiple-class antimicrobial resistance present in clinical isolates of Escherichia coli F4, Pasteurella multocida and Streptococcus suis from Ontario swine 1998-2010.
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News Updates: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Updated Pig Code of Practice Ready for Final Editing and Translation

The chair of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code Development Committee reports an updated Code of Practice for the care and handling of pigs in Canada has been agreed to and is now ready for final editing and translation.
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AVMA recommends alternative to blunt force trauma

The U.S. swine industry has again been assaulted by two undercover videos within three weeks of each other, aimed squarely at two of the largest customers of our industry.  Unfortunately, several retailers in response to this video have questioned the practice of blunt force trauma for euthanasia.
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Effects of dietary supplementation with Bacillus subtilis LS 1-2 fermentation biomass on growth performance, nutrient digestibility, cecal microbiota and intestinal morphology of weanling pig

The present study investigated the effects of dietary supplementation with Bacillus subtilis LS 1-2 and citrus-juice waste fermentation biomass (BS 1-2 fermentation biomass) on growth performance, coefficient of total tract apparent digestibility (CTTAD) of nutrients, serum immunoglobulins, cecal microbiota and intestinal morphology of weanling pigs
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News Updates: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cold, wet weather may help spread PEDv

Frigid temperatures across a large swath of the United States this week followed by warmer conditions could aid the spread of a fatal pig disease now in 22 states, affecting hundreds of thousands of pigs, a swine veterinarian said on Thursday.
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Porcine epidemic diarrhea: hog industry on full alert in Canada

Canada’s hog industry is working overtime to stop the epidemic diarrhea that has already killed more than one million hogs in 22 US states since its discovery in North America in mid-May from making its way into the country.
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Effects of transport time and location within truck on skin bruises and meat quality of market weight pigs in two seasons

The effects of season (winter vs. summer), transport time (T; 6, 12 and 18 h) and truck compartment (C) on skin bruise score and meat quality were evaluated in 384 pigs distributed across the top front (C1), top back (C4), middle front (C5) and bottom rear (C10) compartments. Bruise score was higher (P = 0.01) in winter than in summer.
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News Updates: Friday, January 17, 2014

Impact of PEDv continues to grow

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus continues to be a very critical health issue for the US swine industry, and some estimates are as high as 3 million pigs lost to this disease this year.
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PEDV Lateral Spread Study Results Released

The University of Minnesota has released preliminary findings for its lateral spread study on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). Researchers emphasize that the results will change as more data are available and analyzed.
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Comparison of Antimicrobial Susceptibility Among Clostridium difficile Isolated from an Integrated Human and Swine Population in Texas

Clostridium difficile can be a major problem in hospitals because the bacterium primarily affects individuals with an altered intestinal flora; this largely occurs through prolonged antibiotic use.
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News Updates: Monday, January 20, 2014

Canadian pork industry trying to forestall deadly virus

The Canadian pork industry is bracing for the arrival of a virus that has killed more than a million young pigs in the United States and caused meat prices to spike higher last spring.
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Ontario’s pig barns remain PED free

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea’s status as a non-reportable disease means if it came to Canada, farmers would have to voluntarily quarantine their farms but wouldn’t receive any compensation, an Ontario pork industry official noted during a province-wide telephone meeting today to discuss the disease.
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Presence of Clostridium difficile in pigs and cattle intestinal contents and carcass contamination at the slaughterhouse in Belgium

This study confirms that animals are carriers of C. difficile at slaughter and ribotypes are identical than those in humans, and that carcass contamination occurs inside the slaughterhouse..
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News Updates: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

PED-Positive Submissions: New Cases Breaks Record Again

The total number of swine accessions and diagnostic case submissions testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 2,271, writes Jackie Linden. The virus has now been found in 23 states as South Carolina has reported its first positive test result.
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Pig virus spreading in U.S. would ‘shut down’ Nova Scotia’s industry

Nova Scotia pig farmers say their industry would be devastated if a virus, spreading through the United States’ pork industry, crosses the border to Canada.
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Breed-linked polymorphisms of porcine toll-like receptor 2 (TLR2) and TLR4 and the primary investigation on their relationship with prevention against Mycoplasma pneumoniae and bacterial LPS challenge

Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in innate immunity, serving as pattern-recognition receptors and the first barrier in host defense against microbial infections.
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News Updates: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Communication: A major weapon against PEDv

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) has spread to more than 20 states so far on its way across the country. However, efforts to track and contain the disease are definitely helped by producers talking with their veterinarians and their farm neighbors about any change in PEDV status and efforts to prevent the virus’ spread.
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The PEDv tornado: A whirlwind of emotions

Attempting to protect your piglets from an invisible predator that lurks in unknown corners is truly agony. There’s the intense waiting phase where you feel that every road you drive on could stick the virus to your tires.
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Impact of diet deprivation and subsequent over-allowance during gestation on mammary gland development and lactation performance.

The impacts of diet deprivation and subsequent over-allowance during gestation on mammary gene expression and development and lactation performance were determined. In conclusion, feed deprivation and subsequent over-allowance in gestation had unfavorable effects on sow BW, backfat, mammary development, and mammary gene expression at the end of gestation but piglet growth rate over 2 parities was not affected.
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News Updates: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Antibiotics use in Danish farming dropped 11%

Denmark is a pioneer in working with antibiotic reduction. Other countries envy us the results we have achieved in co-operation with farmers, veterinarians and public authorities.
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Biosecurity inconveniences

Last week I visited a sow unit that was about 10 days into a PED virus outbreak. While I was there to examine ventilation settings and GDU options, it was hard not to have a discussion with the employees about the virus outbreak. The most common question that all of the employees asked – when we start keeping pigs alive?
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Dietary fibre affects intestinal mucosal barrier function and regulates intestinal bacteria in weaning piglets.

The various fibre sources had different effects on the ileal and colonic barrier function. Clearly, WBF and PF improved the intestinal barrier function, probably mediated by changes in microbiota composition and concomitant changes in TLR2 gene expression.
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News Updates: Friday, January 24, 2014

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Investigation in Ontario - Ontario Taking Steps to Protect Pork Industry

Ontario is conducting an investigation on a hog farm in Middlesex County after a suspected finding of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The virus does not affect food safety, and poses no risk to human health or other animals. Pork remains a safe choice for consumers to eat.
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Timely Identification and Response Key to Containing PED

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says early identification and timely response will be critical to containing the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea if the virus makes its way into Canada.
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The effects of mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) on haematological and biochemical parameters and selected parameters of oxidative stress in piglets.

Deoxynivalenol (DON) - trichothecene mycotoxin, is frequently detected in high concentrations in cereals in the temperate region of Europe. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of DON in feed on haematological and biochemical parameters and on oxidative stress in piglets.
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News Updates: Monday, January 27, 2014

Canadian Pork Industry Mobilizes to Address PED Outbreak

The Ontario Swine Heath Advisory Board is confident the Canadian pork industry will be able to contain Canada's first outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. A farrow to finish farm in Middlesex County, Ontario has been the first in Canada to be confirmed infected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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Alberta lists PED as reportable disease in hogs

The province officially declared porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus and transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) reportable diseases in Alberta.
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Influenza A Virus Infections in Swine: Pathogenesis and Diagnosis.

Influenza has been recognized as a respiratory disease in swine since its first appearance concurrent with the 1918 "Spanish flu" human pandemic. All influenza viruses of significance in swine are type A, subtype H1N1, H1N2, or H3N2 viruses.
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News Updates: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Investigation Update - Ontario Encouraging Swine Industry to Maintain Strict Biosecurity Protocols

Ontario has confirmed a second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and a third is under investigation. Both are in the Chatham-Kent region. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) continues to work closely with the affected producers, the pork industry, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to deal with this new challenge and ensure mitigation strategies are implemented. Under Ontario's Animal Health Act, 2009, veterinarians are required to immediately report any findings that identify a serious risk to animal health. 
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Pork Producers Advised to Maintain Focus on Biosecurity in Wake of Canada's First Case of PED

The chair of Manitoba Pork Council is encouraging the province's pork producers to maintain their focus on biosecurity as the Canadian pork industry mounts its response to the first confirmed case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Canada. Manitoba Pork Council has been working with the province's chief veterinary officer to develop an action plan to contain the disease if does find its way into Manitoba.
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The effects of mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) on haematological and biochemical parameters and selected parameters of oxidative stress in piglets

Deoxynivalenol (DON) - trichothecene mycotoxin, is frequently detected in high concentrations in cereals in the temperate region of Europe. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of DON in feed on haematological and biochemical parameters and on oxidative stress in piglets.
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News Updates: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pork Producers Assured PED is Controlable

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says, by maintaining the focus on biosecurity, there is opportunity for pork producers to protect their herds from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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It’s All About PEDV in Pork Producer Circles

PEDV, PEDV, PEDV – It seems when it comes to every discussion or call lately with anyone involved in the swine industry it all starts with porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). This disease is top of mind with any producer. The extraordinary measures that producers are using in terms of biosecurity or trying to figure out how they potentially got PEDV into their operation are unprecedented.
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A Historical Perspective of Influenza A(H1N2) Virus

The emergence and transition to pandemic status of the influenza A(H1N1)A(H1N1)pdm09) virus in 2009 illustrated the potential for previously circulating human viruses to re-emerge in humans and cause a pandemic after decades of circulating among animals.
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News Updates: Thursday, January 30, 2014

Truck Traffic Poses Greatest Risk for Spread of PED

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says truck traffic coming from the U.S. and now local truck traffic from infected areas in Ontario pose the greatest risk for the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. The virus is spread through fecal oral transmission so anything contaminated by manure poses a risk.
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PEDV surveillance test developed for swine industry

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine announced that it has developed a second diagnostic test for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). It is the first PEDV swine herd surveillance test announced in the U.S. and brings PEDV diagnostic testing up to swine industry disease monitoring standards.
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Pathogenic pseudorabies virus, china, 2012

In 2012, an unprecedented large-scale outbreak of disease in pigs in China caused great economic losses to the swine industry. Isolates from pseudorabies virus epidemics in swine herds were characterized. Evidence confirmed that the pathogenic pseudorabies virus was the etiologic agent of this epidemic.
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News Updates: Friday, January 31, 2014

Ontario Liberals Provide $2M to Help Combat PED

Premier Kathleen Wynne, who also doubles as the province’s minister of agriculture and food, said Tuesday that Ontario is offering $2 million to help Ontario Pork stop the pig-killing virus, also known as PED, from spreading to more Ontario hog farms.
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U.S. pig virus cases see biggest weekly rise since PEDv found

Confirmed cases of a deadly pig virus spreading across the U.S. Hog Belt jumped by 215, its highest weekly increase since it was discovered in the United States in April 2013, according to the USDA's National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
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Development of gut immunoglobulin A production in piglet in response to innate and environmental factors

The current review focuses on pre- and post-natal development of intestinal immunoglobulin A (IgA) production in pig. IgA production is influenced by intrinsic genetic factors in the foetus as well as extrinsic environmental factors during the post-natal period.
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News Updates: Monday, February 3, 2014

Advance Warning Gives Canadian Pork Producers Advantage in Addressing PEDV

A Manitoba swine veterinarian says the advantage Canadian swine producers have had over their U.S. counterparts in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is they've had considerable advance warning that the virus is coming.
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Food-safety agency clears path for pig-virus vaccine after Ontario infections

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency will issue permits allowing veterinarians to import a vaccine for a deadly pig virus that has been found on hog farms in Ontario. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the manufacturer’s preliminary studies have shown that vaccinated pigs develop antibodies against the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
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Effect of Handling and Storage Conditions and Stabilizing Agent on the Recovery of Viral RNA from Oral Fluid of Pigs

There is increasing interest in using oral fluid to determine herd health and documenting the circulation of viruses in commercial swine populations but little is known about the stability of viruses in oral fluid.
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News Updates: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

PED: New Virus Strains Detected in US Pigs

The viruses from five cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) recently investigated by Iowa State University have a different gene sequence from those investigated since April 2013, showing greater similarity to strains isolated in China between 2004 and 2012.
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Pork Producers Encouraged to Ensure Biosecurity Plans are Active and Ongoing

Ontario's chief veterinary officer is encouraging pork producers to ensure biosecurity plans are active and ongoing as they work to protect their herds from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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African Swine Fever - Lithuania

Lithuania said Monday [27 Jan 2014] it plans a mass cull of its wild boars due to an outbreak of African swine fever [ASF] after neighbours banned pork imports from the Baltic EU state.
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News Updates: Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Iowa research lab identifies new strain of deadly pig virus

A new strain of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has been identified in samples taken from Illinois and Missouri. More research needs to be completed, however, to determine if the new variant is a mutation or a different introduction of the original virus.
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Canadian Pork Council mobilizes PEDv strategic task force

In the wake of Canada’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), found on an Ontario farm a week ago, the Canadian Pork Council (CPC) has taken steps to mobilize a PED strategic task force to convene key players to standardize efforts across Canada.
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Estimated prevalence and impact of periweaning failure to thrive syndrome in Canada and the United States

Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of periweaning failure to thrive syndrome (PFTS) in Canadian and American nursery-pig flows, to estimate the percentage of PFTS-affected pigs within an affected nursery flow, and to rank the common clinical signs observed by practitioners associated with PFTS on commercial farms.
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News Updates: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Diagnostics to Assess the Role of PEDV on Swine Farms

Getting an accurate diagnosis of enteric disease in pigs is getting more complicated since porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) emerged in the US. Different diagnostic strategies and testing tools are needed, depending on PEDV virus infection status and the given situation.
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Biosecurity Key to Keeping Western Canada PED-Free

The biosecurity coordinator with Alberta Pork says stepped up biosecurity remains key to keeping western Canada free of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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Whole-genome sequence analysis of a Korean G11P[25] rotavirus strain identifies several porcine-human reassortant events

A rare rotavirus, RVA/Human-wt/KOR/CAU12-2/2012/G11P[25], was isolated from a 16-year-old female with fever and diarrhea during the 2012 rotavirus surveillance in South Korea using a cell culture system, and its full genome sequence was determined and analyzed.
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News Updates: Friday, February 7, 2014

Maxime Bernier Satisfied With Measures Taken Against PED

Although no vaccine has proven effective to date, Ottawa has just authorized emergency access to an American vaccine to block the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. Member of Parliament for Beauce and Minister of State for Agriculture Maxime Bernier admitted that the serum’s manufacturer had yet to complete the preliminary tests and that biosafety measures were still the best prevention.
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Russia blocks European pork on fears of African Swine Fever

Officials in Russia have temporarily suspended the import of hogs and pork products from European Union nations following the discovery of an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Lithuania and Latvia late last week.
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Avian influenza H9N2 seroprevalence among swine farm residents in China

In parts of southern China, some large-scale swine farms are adjacent to lakes and ponds that are home to many types of birds. Some swine farms will also raise poultry for consumption and sale. Swine farms in rural China may be the source of the AIV outbreak.
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News Updates: Monday, February 10, 2014

Canadian Pork Industry Prepared to Deal with Disease Threats Such as PED

A veterinarian with the Office of Manitoba's Chief Veterinarian says tools developed over the past few years have helped prepare the Canadian swine industry to deal with new disease threats, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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MSD partners with Dutch University for PEDv vaccine

MSD Animal Health (known as Merck Animal Health in the USA and Canada) announced it has entered into a research agreement with Utrecht University in the Netherlands to test leads towards a vaccine for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus.
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Grand Valley Fortifiers Moves to Porcine Origin Ingredient Free Nursery Feeds Exclusively

On January 22, 2014 the first PED virus case in Canada was confirmed in a Middlesex county swine herd. Grand Valley Fortifiers is requesting that its customers stop feeding the Bionic®, BioForce®, and BioPrime® nursery feeds (Phases 1 - 4) sold from the date January 1st, 2014 forward as these feed products contain porcine origin blood plasma which although sourced from an industry leading North American supplier, may be a risk factor in the transmission of PED virus.

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News Updates: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

US: New strain of PEDv found

According to the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, a second strain of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has been detected. Based on the data currently available, it appears unlikely that this strain is a mutant evolved from PEDV previously identified in US swine.
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Swine Feed Identified as a ‘Potential Vector’ for Spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Amid the growing spread of the pig-killing virus, known as porcine epidemic diarrhea or PED, new information has become available which indicates that the virus may also be spread through pig feed. Until now, it was believed that the virus could only be transmitted through hog manure or from pig to pig.
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In vitro effect of deoxynivalenol (DON) mycotoxin on porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus replication

Deoxynivalenol (DON) is a mycotoxin produced by Fusarium spp. Among monogastric farm animals, swine are the most susceptible to DON as it markedly reduces feed intake and decreases weight gain.
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News Updates: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

CFIA probes link between feed and deadly pig virus

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is exploring a possible link between pig feed and the deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets in the United States and spread to 11 farms in Ontario.
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Kudos to Ontario Pork for fast PED response

Farm groups, governments and agri-businesses should swipe a page from the communications book written by Ontario Pork and the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board.
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A live-attenuated and an inactivated chimeric porcine circovirus (PCV)1-2 vaccine are both effective at inducing a humoral immune response and reducing PCV2 viremia and intrauterine infection in female swine of breeding age

The objective of this pilot study was to determine the efficacy of inactivated (1 or 2 dose) and live-attenuated chimeric porcine circovirus (PCV)1-2 vaccines in sows using the PCV2-spiked semen model.
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News Updates: Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Coronavirus Discovered in Ohio Pigs - Not PEDV, but symptoms are similar.

A new coronavirus has been identified in pig fecal samples from four Ohio swine farms, according to the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA).
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Is Europe Heading for Crisis over African Swine Fever?

The discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) in wild boars in Lithuania is plunging the European pig meat market into crisis. One of the immediate effects was for Russia to immediately shut its borders to any imports of piglets, breeding stock or pig meat from any country within the EU.
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Effect of enrofloxacin in the carrier stage of Haemophilus parasuis in naturally colonized pigs

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of enrofloxacin in the carrier stage of Haemophilus parasuis in naturally colonized weaned pigs.
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News Updates: Friday, February 14, 2014

Understand how the PED virus survives

Where there is hog manure, there is the potential for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) to find its way into a hog operation. That’s an especially daunting fact because the virus sheds at extremely high levels and very little virus is needed to infect pigs.
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Washington — Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's main animal-disease research facility in collaboration with scientists around the world have intensified their efforts to find ways to curb the spread of deadly African swine fever (ASF).

African swine fever is a contagious viral disease present in domestic and wild swine. The disease is transmitted by ticks moving from sick to healthy animals, by garbage containing infected meat, and on the clothing of people moving between farms. Symptoms are high fever, shock and hemorrhaging lesions. The disease kills pigs within a week of infection and has no treatment or vaccine. It does not pose a threat to humans.
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Individual risk factors for Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae infections in suckling pigs at the age of weaning

Since single infected piglets are supposed to act as initiators for the transmission of this pathogen in nursery and fattening pigs, the elimination of the risk factors described in this study should help to reduce the incidence rate of M. hyopneumoniae infections and thereby might contribute to a reduced probability of high prevalences in older pigs.
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News Updates: Monday, February 17, 2014

Pig Virus ‘Suspected’ in PEI, Three New Cases in Ontario

Prince Edward Island (PEI) has a suspected case of the pig-killing virus – porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), and Ontario has three new cases.
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PEDv Suspected On Manitoba Hog Farm -- CNS Canada

Winnipeg's National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease is testing samples from a Manitoba wean-to-finish hog operation suspected of having the province's first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).
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Survival of Helicobacter suis bacteria in retail pig meat

Helicobacter (H.) suis colonizes the gastric mucosa of pigs world-wide and is the most prevalent non-Helicobacter pylori Helicobacter species in humans. This agent might be transmitted to humans by manipulation or consumption of contaminated pork.
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News Updates: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

UK: Swine dysentery - pig producers alerted

BPEX is reminding pig producers to be extra vigilant for symptoms of swine dysentery and step up defences. At this time of year, the risk of dysentery is high and cases have been found in Yorkshire, UK.
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ASF online courses

African swine fever (ASF) is a mandatory notifiable disease to the World Organisation of Animal Health (OIE). It is considered one of the most important diseases of swine due to its high mortality rates, the absence of a vaccine, and most importantly, the trade restrictions associated with its presence.
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Establishment of the 2012 vitamin D requirements in swine with focus on dietary forms and levels of vitamin D

In swine nutrition, little is known about vitamin requirements for reproductive processes and bone health, especially vitamin D.
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News Updates: Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Biosecurity Procedures Offer Edge in Guarding Swine Barns From PED

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says biosecurity protocols implemented on Canadian farms over the past three to four years have given the Canadian pork industry an edge in dealing with PED.
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CFIA Statement on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus in Feed

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting science-based testing to determine if feed may be a contributing factor in the current Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) situation.PED poses no risk to human health or food safety. Proper biosecurity measures remain the first and best line of defense for pork producers to protect against PED.
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Genetic diversity of group A rotavirus in swine in Canada

Group A rotaviruses (RVA) in pigs have been poorly investigated in Canada. In a continued effort to fill this gap, ten finisher swine farms in Quebec, Canada, were sampled over a nine-month period.
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News Updates: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Grand Valley Fortifiers voluntary recall supported by new evidence from CFIA

On February 9th Grand Valley Fortifiers issued a recall and a promise to fully refund our pelleted nursery feeds that contained blood plasma ingredients.
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P.E.I. government approves funding for hog farm sanitation, screening

Officials have confirmed a case of the highly contagious pig virus that has ravaged herds across the U.S. has now been found in Prince Edward Island. The P.E.I. government has approved $115,000 in financial aid to hog farmers for increased sanitation and screening measures, now that a case of the deadly pig virus has been confirmed in the province.
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Serologic profiling of Haemophilus parasuis-vaccinated sows and their litters using a novel oligopeptide permease A enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay reveals unexpected patterns of serological response and maternal antibody transfer

Haemophilus parasuis is an economically important swine pathogen with 15 recognized serovars. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was developed that detects serum antibodies to the oligopeptide permease A (OppA) polypeptide membrane protein present in the reference strains for 13 of the H. parasuis serovars
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News Updates: Friday, February 21, 2014

Virus Similar to PEDV Found on Ohio Swine Farm

The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced that a new coronavirus was detected in pig fecal samples from four different Ohio swine farms. The virus cannot spread to humans or other species and poses no risk to food safety.
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Evidence Suggests PED Can Be Eliminated From Canada

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says advance warning has given Canada an advantage in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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Prevalence of Met-203 type spaA variant in Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae isolates and the efficacy of swine erysipelas vaccines in Japan

Since 2009, erysipelas infection among pigs in Japan has been increasing. This study investigated the prevalence, and characteristics of Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae isolates in Japan from 2008 to 2010 and assessed the efficacy of current commercial erysipelas vaccines.
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News Updates: Monday, February 24, 2014

Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board Confident Main Source of PED Virus in Ontario Stopped

The chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board is confident the main source of PED virus in eastern Canada has been stopped. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has been confirmed on 20 farms in eastern Canada.
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First case of deadly pig virus reported in Quebec

Quebec’s agriculture ministry confirmed the province’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea Sunday.
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Dynamic of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in pig farm households: a pilot study

The aim of this study was to determine the long-term carriage rates and transmission dynamics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pig farmers and their household members. During a 6-month period in 2009-2010, 4 pig farms in Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands, respectively, were studied for the presence of MRSA.
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News Updates: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Understanding PED Virus Survival

Where there is hog manure, there is the potential for porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) to find its way into a hog operation. That’s an especially daunting fact because the virus sheds at extremely high levels and very little virus is needed to infect pigs.
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Ontario Swine Health Officials Focus on Limiting Spread of PED Until Warmer Weather

The chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board says swine health officials are focussing on rapid detection and containing the spread as they work to address Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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Canadian Swine Health Board Elects new Chair

Ottawa, Ontario – February 21, 2014 – Earlier this week the Canadian Swine Health Board (CSHB) elected Brian Sullivan as its Chair. Mr. Sullivan is the CSHB director representing Canadian genetics suppliers, and he is also the CEO of the Canadian Centre for Swine Improvement. Stewart Cressman, an Ontario producer and one of the directors representing the Canadian Pork Council, was elected Treasurer to fill the position vacated by Mr. Sullivan.
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News Updates: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Canadian Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (CAVEPM) and Epi on the Island summer courses

The Canadian Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (CAVEPM) and Epi on the Island summer courses will be hosted at the AVC from June 5-13.
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PFTS in 5 Canadian provinces and 11 US states

The relatively novel Periweaning Failure to Thrive Syndrome (PFTS) has been reported in five Canadian provinces and 11 US states so far. The syndrome was described in 2012 at the IPVS Congress in Jeju, South Korea.
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Tetracycline Residues in Porcine Stomach after Administration via Drinking Water on a Swine Farm

Tetracycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic used to treat infections in swine. The maximum residue levels of tetracycline in pork stomach tissue in Russia, Europe, and the United States are 10, 200, and 2,000 ppb, respectively.
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News Updates: Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pork Producers Encouraged to Focus on Their Own Biosecurity Practices to Avoid PED

The manager of producer services with Sask Pork says it's up to each individual pork producer to ensure the biosecurity protocols are in place that will protect their farms from the introduction of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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New Rules for Pig Industry Strengthen Canada's Livestock Sector

After extensive industry consultation, the Harper Government is further strengthening Canada's livestock sector by enhancing its capacity to track animals from farm to slaughter through a mandatory national pig traceability system.
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Iron supplementation in suckling piglets: how to correct iron deficiency anemia without affecting plasma hepcidin levels

The aim of the study was to establish an optimized protocol of iron dextran administration to pig neonates, which better meets the iron demand for erythropoiesis.
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News Updates: Friday, February 28, 2014

PEDV Fears Push USDA to Avoid Farm Visits to Collect Hogs & Pigs Report Data

In an effort to respect biosecurity protocols and reduce the risk of spreading porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), USDA is asking pork producers to complete U.S. Hogs & Pigs Report data via online or mail-in forms instead of gathering data from on-farm visits.
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Quebec PED Risk Analysis Shows Cost Could Hit 40 Million Dollars

An analysis of the risks associated with PED to Quebec's pork industry shows the infection could cost up to 40 million dollars in the first year. CDPQ, the Swine Development and Innovation Centre in Quebec, in partnership with the Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Quebec's Swine Health Advisory Board and Quebec's Pork Producers Council has conducted a risk analysis of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Quebec, developed strategies to minimize those risks and identify potential costs.
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Establishment of the 2012 vitamin D requirements in swine with focus on dietary forms and levels of vitamin D

In swine nutrition, little is known about vitamin requirements for reproductive processes and bone health, especially vitamin D. Supplemental vitamin D is usually added to animal feed as cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), which is transported to the liver and hydroxylated to 25-hydroxycholecalciferol [25(OH)D3], and this metabolite has become commercially available for swine nutrition.
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News Updates: Monday, March 3, 2014

Pork virus vaccine proving ineffective

A vaccine developed to fight porcine epidemic diarrhea is ineffective in protecting piglets, says a swine veterinarian of Prairie Swine Health Services.
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Federal Pig Traceability Requirements Published on February 26, 2014

Federal pig traceability requirements were published February 26 in Part II of the Canada Gazette. Identification and movement reporting requirements will come into force on 1 July 2014 for pigs ; and on 1 July 2015 for farmed wild boars. 
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Growth and reproductive development of male piglets are more vulnerable to mid-gestation maternal stress than that of female piglets

In many mammalian species, prenatal stress masculinizes female and feminizes male offspring impairing their reproductive capacity.
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News Updates: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Porcine diarrhea: the NDP calls for an emergency debate

The New Democratic Party (NDP) is calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons to determine what should be done to contain the outbreak of the deadly virus affecting swine in four Canadian provinces.
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Large Reductions Estimated in Hog Supply Due to PEDV

I have been hesitant to estimate supply reductions due to PEDV due to the incomplete nature of the data that has been made available through animal disease diagnostic labs.
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Genetic properties of endemic Chinese porcine epidemic diarrhea virus strains isolated since 2010

Acute diarrhea outbreaks caused by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) have been observed in various pig-breeding provinces of China since December 2010.
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News Updates: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Update: Canadian Food Inspection Agency Investigation into Feed as a Possible Source of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)

March 3, 2014: Scientific testing by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cannot confirm a link between feed containing blood plasma and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) cases in Canada.
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Kansas State University Takes a Closer Look at PEDV Transmission and Feed Sources

A recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in Canada had officials looking at possible sources of infection, including porcine plasma protein, a common feed ingredient in early weaning diets.
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In vitro and ex vivo analyses of co-infections with swine influenza and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome viruses

Viral respiratory diseases remain problematic in swine. Among viruses, porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) and swine influenza virus (SIV), alone or in combination, are the two main known contributors to lung infectious diseases.
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News Updates: Thursday, March 6, 2014

Positive Environmental Sample Underscores Value of Detailed Inspection of Trucks and Equipment

Last week Saskatchewan's Chief Veterinary Officer reported a positive environmental sample for TGE and PED was detected on dirty boots in a trailer which had returned to Saskatchewan after unloading hogs at an Iowa slaughter plant. While the trailer had been washed and disinfected and was found to be free of virus, the boots had not been washed and were confirmed contaminated.
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Swine vets watching horizon for new diseases

While the latest information on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) was being shared at the 45th annual meeting of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians in Dallas, Texas, this week, several speakers at the opening general session took a step back and reviewed the role of swine veterinarians in discovering and sharing information about new and emerging disease outbreaks, of which PEDV is the most recent example.
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Distribution of serotypes and genotypes of Salmonella enterica species in French pig production

The population of Salmonella found at various stages of pig production in France was characterised to analyse the distribution and spread of Salmonella in the pig production chain.
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News Updates: Friday, March 7, 2014

Updated Pig Code of Practice Announced

After three years of multi-stakeholder consultations and a 60-day public comment period that drew record-setting engagement for both diversity of perspective and number of comments, an updated Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Pigs is official.
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Challenges to Swine Fever Control in Romania Identified

The EU Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) has expressed some concerns following an audit into Romania's Classical Swine Fever eradication programme in September last year.
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Oral antimicrobials increase antimicrobial resistance in porcine E. coli - A systematic review

Administration of antimicrobials to livestock increases the risk of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in commensal bacteria. Antimicrobials in pig production are usually administered per pen via feed which implies treatment of sick alongside with healthy animals.
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News Updates: Monday, March 10, 2014

Fears Over Losses from PED Drive Live Hog Markets

The director of risk management with h@ms Marketing Services says fears over possible slaughter hog shortages due PED are driving up hog prices.
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U.S. deadly pig virus cases on the rise

Among 1,036 patients, residential proximity within 1 mile of large swine facilities was associated with nearly double the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization at admission (relative risk, 1.8786 [95% confidence interval, 1.0928-3.2289]).
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Residential Proximity to Large Numbers of Swine in Feeding Operations Is Associated with Increased Risk of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization at Time of Hospital Admission in Rural Iowa Veterans

Among 1,036 patients, residential proximity within 1 mile of large swine facilities was associated with nearly double the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization at admission.
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News Updates: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

PEDV – A disaster waiting to happen in the EU (BLOG)

Although we have African Swine Fever (ASF) knocking on our Eastern door, Europe needs to wake up to the devastation Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) is causing in North America and to prepare itself.
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PEDv dangers cause swine certification during importation

Recently reaching North Dakota, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) poses such a high risk to pigs that everyone involved with the pork industry needs to take precautions.
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High diversity of human-pathogenic Enterocytozoon bieneusi genotypes in swine in northeast China

Despite the advances in defining Enterocytozoon bieneusi genotypes worldwide, rare genotypic surveys have been documented on this ubiquitous pathogenic protozoan in mammals in China, especially the role of pigs in zoonotic transmission of microsporidiosis remains unclear.
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News Updates: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

PRRS Virus Reported in Pigs in Switzerland

The Swiss veterinary authorities have reported a subclinical infection of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) at a closed farm with breeding and fattening unit in the canton of Lucerne.
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Possible light at the end of the PEDV tunnel?

There may be a light for U.S. pork producers at the end of a long, costly, deadly tunnel. “We know that if we load and close that herd and create exposure, they’ll return to productivity if we clean them up,” said Bill Hollis, swine veterinarian with Carthage Veterinary Services in Carthage.
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Excess pregnancy weight gain leads to early indications of metabolic syndrome in a swine model of fetal programming

Few data exist on the impact of maternal weight gain on offspring despite evidence demonstrating that early life environment precipitates risks for metabolic syndrome. We hypothesized that excessive weight gain during pregnancy results in programming that predisposes offspring to obesity and metabolic syndrome.
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News Updates: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Pork industry renews push to fight PEDV

The National Pork Board announced Tuesday more than $1 million in additional funding to fight the further spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus, which has spread to 26 states.
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PED Suspected in Japan Pig Herd

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) is the suspected cause of an outbreak of diarrhoea in young piglets. On 10 March, at a farm in Kyushu, Japan.
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Variation among sows in response to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome

Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is a viral disease with negative impacts on reproduction of sows. Genetic selection to improve the response of sows to PRRS could be an approach to control the disease.
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News Updates: Monday, March 24, 2014

PED Update in US: 27 States Affected

US - The total number of farms that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 4,757. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) reports reports 296 new cases this week (week ending 15 March 2014).
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Confirmation of Swine DeltaCoronavirus in Ontario Underscores Need for Stepped Up Biosecurity

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says confirmation of Swine DeltaCoronavirus in six Ontario swine farms underscores the importance of keeping on top of biosecurity.
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Highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus infection results in acute lung injury of the infected pigs

Highly pathogenic porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (HP-PRRSV) was firstly characterized in 2006 in China. The virus has caused great economic loss to the Chinese swine production during the past years.
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News Updates: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pork Industry Responds Proactively to Positive Environmental Sample

Saskatchewan's chief veterinary officer reports the province's pork industry has stepped up the focus on biosecurity in the wake of the detection of a positive environmental sample for TGE and PED in February.
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Biosecurity the key to controlling PED in Canada

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus rampaged through the US pig herd in 2013. Meanwhile, the Canadians had some time to learn lessons as to how to avoid the disease from having a similar extreme impact on their herd. A first good step is biosecurity.
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Identification of Brucella Suis from feral swine in selected states in the USA

Serologic tests currently available for brucellosis diagnosis detect antibodies to Brucella but do not distinguish between species of Brucella.
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News Updates: Wednesday, March 26, 2014

OSHAB Chair Calls for National Strategy to Close North American Swine Disease Portal

The chair of the Ontario Swine Health Advisory Board is calling for a national strategy to work with USDA and other U.S. agencies to close the portal through which swine diseases are able to enter North America.
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Plant Extracts May Offer Anti-Inflammatory Relief for Sick Pigs

There are many diseases in the pork industry that are invasive, as well as expensive for producers. When looking on a global scale one of the most intrusive and invasive diseases is porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).
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Occurrence and severity of lung lesions in slaughter pigs vaccinated against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae with different strategies

Different vaccination strategies against Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae have been adopted worldwide. Reports from the field indicate varying levels of protection among currently available vaccines. The goal of the present study was to compare the efficacies of three widespread commercial vaccination strategies against M. hyopneumoniae under field conditions.
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News Updates: Thursday, March 27, 2014

PEDv Needs to be Stopped and Eliminated in Canada

Canadian Pork producers continue to take preventative measures to slow viruses like PEDv from affecting Canada’s herd health. PEDv poses no risk to human health or food safety but it is a devastating production virus that producers must make it a priority to consider all preventative measures that can reduce the risk of transmission.
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Work with your Vet on a PEDV Battle Plan Before the Disease Strikes

Pork producers and their veterinarians should put a porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDV) battle plan in place before the disease strikes, says University of Missouri Extension swine specialist. He suggests producers establish a veterinary-client-patient relationship (VCPR) if they do not already have one in place.
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Effect of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) vaccination on PCV2-viremic piglets after experimental PCV2 challenge

The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) vaccines on PCV2-viremic and -seropositive piglets born from naturally PCV2-infected sows against postnatal PCV2 challenge.
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News Updates: Friday, March 28, 2014

Pork Producers Advised to Treat Assembly Yards as PED Positive

An animal care specialist with Manitoba Pork Council is advising pork producers to treat assembly yards as if they are positive for the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
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PEDv to cause larger shortfall in hog market than first thought

The overall effect of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) on the nation’s hog supply will be steeper and longer than first estimated, according to a new report from Rabobank Group.
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In-feed use of heavy metal micronutrients in U.S. swine production systems and its role in persistence of multidrug resistant Salmonella

Immunological stress is the status of animal in active immune when they are challenged by bacterial, virus and endocrine. It is associated with immunological, neurological, and endocrinological response
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News Updates: Monday, March 31, 2014

U.S. hog herd decline less than expected despite deadly pig virus

The U.S. hog herd shrank less than feared in the latest quarter compared with a year earlier, leaving it well above average trade forecasts, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed. The data suggests the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was not as devastating to the herd during the December through February period.
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Consultations Aimed at Creating National Swine Disease Prevention Strategies Underway

The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board suggests a national approach to dealing with swine disease will put Canada in a much better position to deal with PED and the next disease threat.
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Effect of immunological stress to neuroendocrine and gene expression in different swine breeds

This study concluded that Laiwu had stronger capacity of immunological stress resistance and next was Lulai among three breeds. Chromium yeast helped piglets relieve immunological stress.
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News Updates: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Truckers Returning to Canada from U.S. Packing Plants Encouraged to Use Accredited Canadian Truck Wash Stations

The general manager of Manitoba Pork Council is encouraging truckers returning to Manitoba after delivering pigs to U.S. packing plants to have their trucks and trailers washed and disinfected at accredited truck wash stations in Manitoba.
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ASF situation in Russia continues to worsen

While the first outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF) have now been registered in the eastern part of the European Union, in Russia, where the disease has raged for six years, veterinary specialists predict a further deterioration of the situation in 2014.
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Strict Adherence to Biosecurity Gives Canadian Pork Producers an Edge in Addressing PED

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says strict adherence to biosecurity protocols has given Canada an edge in dealing with Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. In Canada Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea remains centered in Ontario, one infected barn in Quebec is being disinfected, the virus is under control in Manitoba and one infected herd in PEI remains the Maritimes sole problem.
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News Updates: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Research Shows PED Thousand of Times More Infectious than Similar Coronaviruses

The swine technical consultant for western Canada with Elanco says the U.S. experience has shown the virus that causes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is thousands of times more infectious than similar coronaviruses.
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Mexico Declared Free of Aujeszky's Disease

MEXICO - the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) has declared Mexico free of Aujeszky's disease. This declaration favours the marketing of pigs and their products as well as by-products, a situation that will impact positively on the development of swine production in the state, since it will become more competitive and profitable.
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Estimated prevalence and impact of periweaning failure to thrive syndrome in Canada and the United States

Objectives: To estimate the prevalence of periweaning failure to thrive syndrome (PFTS) in Canadian and American nursery-pig flows, to estimate the percentage of PFTS-affected pigs within an affected nursery flow, and to rank the common clinical signs observed by practitioners associated with PFTS on commercial farms.
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News Updates: Thursday, April 3, 2014

Pig Losses From PEDV May Decrease Into Summer

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was felt most strongly during the tough winter from December through February, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt said Monday, but losses may soon decrease as the weather warms into the summer.
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Enhanced Biosecurity Credited for Canada's Success in Dealing with PED

The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board credits proactive efforts over the past four years to improve biosecurity on Canadian swine farms for the success in containing the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Canada.
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Porcine circovirus: a historical perspective.

Porcine circoviruses (PCVs) belong to the genus Circovirus and the family Circoviridae, and they are the smallest known viruses that replicate autonomously in mammalian cells.
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News Updates: Friday, April 4, 2014

PEDv to impact production, prices in 2014

Even though porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first found in the U.S. last April, the disease has caused losses in swine herds nationwide and is expected to impact the availability of pork products and prices in 2014.
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UK Evaluates National Pig Disease Preparedness Exercise

AHVLA has published an ‘evaluation and lessons identified’ report on Exercise Walnut, the UK’s Classical Swine Fever (CSF) exercise which took place in 2013. Exercise ‘Walnut’ was designed to simulate a national scale outbreak of CSF to test existing plans and policies for the control and eradication of this significant exotic notifiable disease.
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Stochastic model of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus control strategies on a swine farm in the United States

To use mathematical modeling to assess the effectiveness of control strategies for porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus on a swine farm. Sample-A hypothetical small, medium, or large farrow-to-weaning swine farm in the Midwestern United States. Procedures-Stochastic models were formulated to simulate an outbreak of PRRS on a farm.
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News Updates: Monday, April 7, 2014

Nutrient Dense Liquids: The head of the class during PEDv

The U.S. swine industry is under attack from a very aggressive enemy, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). The toll PEDv is placing on the industry and specifically young piglets is astounding. It is proving to be very costly in the form of mortality, reduced production, and ultimately fewer pigs to market.
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Pig Health Scheme Extended Until 2015

The scheme is being extended while BPEX continues its work with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and abattoirs to develop CCIR (Collection and Communication of Inspection Results) to provide a similar quality of post mortem data on pig health issues as is currently delivered by veterinary assessment through the BPHS.
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Fate of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance genes in simulated swine manure storage

The behavior of three antibiotics (bacitracin, chlortetracycline, and tylosin) and two classes of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), tet and erm, were monitored in swine manure slurry under anaerobic conditions.
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News Updates: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

China halts live pig imports from U.S. on PEDv concerns

China has stopped issuing permits for live U.S. pigs to enter the country out of concerns about the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) that has been spreading across the United States since last May. The two countries must agree a testing protocol before China will resume live pig imports.
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Immunoglobulin is Important Benefit of Swine Colostrum in PEDV Battle

The recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) reinforces the importance of immunoglobulins in swine colostrum for newborn pigs.
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Development of multiplex PCR assays for the identification of the 33 serotypes of Streptococcus suis

Streptococcussuis is an important zoonotic agent causing severe diseases in pigs and humans. To date, 33 serotypes of S. suis have been identified based on antigenic differences in the capsular polysaccharide.
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News Updates: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Stepped Up Biosecurity Credited with Keeping Saskatchewan PED Free

The chair of the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board credits the vigilance of the province's pork industry for keeping Saskatchewan free of PED. Although Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has spread throughout the U.S. over the past year, in Canada the infection has been contained to several cases in Ontario with isolated cases in Manitoba, Quebec and PEI.
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Can AIAO Breeding Practices Break the Lifecycle of PEDV?

With the aim to break the lifecycle of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus in breeding units without the use of drugs or non-existent vaccines, Mark Anderson of Absolute Swine Insemination Co. (ASIC) has set up a discussion group for pig producers, veterinarians and others involved in the sector.
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A cohort study on Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae colonisation in suckling piglets

Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae causes respiratory disease in pigs and despite the use of preventive measures such as vaccination and antimicrobials clinical outbreaks still occur.
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News Updates: Thursday, April 10, 2014

African Swine Fever Risk Level Raised

There is now a high risk of African Swine Fever becoming endemic in Georgia, Armenia and Russia, according to a new assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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African swine fever to impact 2014 pig prices

The EU pigmeat market is likely to have seen "significant downwards demand", following Russia’s ban on imports after African swine fever (ASF) was discovered in Lithuania, according to a leading industry analyst.
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Interaction of porcine circovirus type 2 and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae vaccines on dually infected pigs

The results of this study demonstrated that (i) vaccination against M. hyopneumoniae alone did not decrease the potentiation of PCV2-induced lesions by M. hyopneumoniae and (ii) vaccination against PCV2 alone decreased the potentiation of PCV2-induced lesions by M. hyopneumoniae in dually challenged pigs.
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News Updates: Friday, April 11, 2014

PED virus disrupting pork markets in Japan

Japan just like the United States is suffering from Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED virus) and it is feared that pork supply and prices will be severely affected.
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PEDv awakened a sleeping giant in North America

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea virus (PEDv) has taken the US pig industry by surprise in the last ten months. While researchers have been developing new vaccines, the United States also needs to consider its eradication strategies.
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Detection of Streptococcus suis in bioaerosols of swine confinement buildings

Streptococcus suis is an important swine pathogen that can cause septicaemia, meningitis, and pneumonia. Also recognized as an emerging zoonotic agent, it is responsible for outbreaks of human infections in Asian countries.
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News Updates: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Collaborative efforts to promote the judicious use of medically-important antimicrobial drugs in food animal production

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a complex and evolving public health issue, involving many players in Canada and internationally.
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Contaminated Feed Most Likely Source of Ontario PED Outbreak

The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says contaminated feed has been shown to be the most likely cause of the PED outbreak in Ontario
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An investigation of exudative epidermitis (greasy pig disease) and antimicrobial resistance patterns of Staphylococcus hyicus and Staphylococcus aureus isolated from clinical cases

Exudative epidermitis (EE) is a common skin disease of young pigs, caused mainly by Staphylococcus hyicus. Increased prevalence of EE and poor response to treatment are reported. Common strategies used by Ontario pork producers to treat pigs with EE were determined using a survey.
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News Updates: Friday, April 18, 2014

Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) Member Companies Agree to Phase-Out Uses of Medically Important Antibiotics for Growth Promotion and Support Increased Veterinary Oversight of Medically Important Antibiotics Used in Animal Feed and Water

Members of the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI) announced today their intent to work with the Veterinary Drugs Directorate (VDD), Health Canada to align all affected antibiotics with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) policy on prudent use of antibiotics. Under the policy, the growth promotion uses of medically important antibiotics will be phased out in conjunction with the implementation of veterinary oversight for the therapeutic antibiotics used in feed and water. FDA anticipates the new policy will be fully phased in over the next three years, and Health Canada’s recent “Notice to Stakeholders” indicates that timelines align.
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USDA considers mandatory reports of deadly pig virus outbreaks: industry group

The United States is considering rules that would require outbreaks of a deadly pig virus to be reported to the government in an effort to improve tracking of the disease, which has already spread to 30 states.
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Efficacy of early Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae vaccination against mixed respiratory disease in older fattening pigs

The present field study investigated the efficacy of early Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae vaccination in a farrow-to-finish pig herd with respiratory disease late in the fattening period due to combined infections with M hyopneumoniae and viral pathogens.
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News Updates: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vilsack comments on PEDv reporting

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States. 
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PED Update in US: Outbreaks in 30 States

The total number of farms that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 5,790, writes Jackie Linden. With Virginia and Vermont reporting outbreaks, PED has now affected 30 US states.
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Interaction between single-dose Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus vaccines on dually infected pigs

The present study provides swine practitioners and producers with efficient vaccination regimes; vaccination against M. hyopneumoniae is the first step in protecting pigs against co-infection with M. hyopneumoniae and PRRSV.
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News Updates: Friday, April 25, 2014

What Does the USDA PEDV Monitoring and Reporting System Announcement Really Mean?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that it would initiate a reporting and monitoring system for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).
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Swine Traceability Expected to Provide Advantages in Animal Disease Response, Food Safety and Market Access

The introduction of Swine Traceability is expected to give Canada's pork industry an advantage in terms of animal disease response, food safety and market access. Under changes to Canada's Health of Animals Regulation, due to take effect July 1 to accommodate swine traceability for the purpose of animal disease response and food safety, custodians of pigs will become the first required to do movement reporting as well as animal identification.
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A Case of Streptococcus suis Prosthetic Joint Infection and Streptococcal Toxic Shock-like Syndrome in a United States Pig Farmer

Streptococcus suis is an emerging swine-associated zoonosis that can cause meningitis and septicemia in humans.
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News Updates: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Canada: Gov. gives $1.35 million to help with pig diseases

Through Growing Forward 2, the governments of Canada and Alberta are providing $1.35 million to Alberta Pork to help address the threat of pig diseases, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), to the swine industry.
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PED Update in US: More Than 6,000 PED-positive Pig Farms

The total number of pig farms that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 6,019 in 30 states.
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Complete Genome Sequence of Strain SDCV/USA/Illinois121/2014, a Porcine Deltacoronavirus from the United States

To investigate the causative agent of swine diarrhea, next-generation sequencing (NGS) was performed on a porcine fecal sample.
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News Updates: Friday, May 2, 2014

PEDv: One year later

It’s been one year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first identified in the United States. In those relatively short 12 months, PEDv has spread unchecked across the country, stretching across 30 states with more than 6,000 confirmed cases.
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Mycoplasmal Pneumonia: Proper Sample Collection is Crucial for Pathogen Detection and Accurate Diagnosis in Live Pigs

The importance of diagnostics for disease detection, surveillance, and monitoring in swine herds is widely appreciated, and has increased the quality of animal health over the years with a significant impact on animal welfare and production.
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Full-Length Genome Sequence of Porcine Deltacoronavirus Strain USA/IA/2014/8734

Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) was detected in feces from diarrheic sows during an epidemic of acute and transmissible diarrhea. No transmissible gastroenteritis virus or porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was detected.
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News Updates: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Latest Positive Environmental Samples Heighten Producer Awareness of PED

The manager of producer services with Sask Pork says transportation biosecurity remains the primary focus as Saskatchewan's pork producers strive to keep Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus out of their province.
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Importance of Host Genetics to Population Health

Population health is one of the most important factors to swine production and overall profitability. No matter how superior the genetics, a dead animal is a financial loss to the producer, writes Dr Nick Boddicker, PhD.
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Assessment of seasonality of influenza in swine using field submissions to a diagnostic laboratory in Ontario between 2007 and 2012

BACKGROUND: Seasonality of any infectious disease is important for its control and monitoring. While influenza seasonality in people has been evaluated extensively, this question has not been studied well in swine populations.
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News Updates: Friday, May 9, 2014

Rabobank: PEDv causes pork shortage concerns

Pork shortages will be a key concern in many countries in the coming months. According to the Rabobank Pork Quarterly Q2 report, the ongoing spread of porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) in the Americas and Asia will have a material impact on pork supply both this summer and in the years to come.
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EU moves to limit spread of PEDv

The EU Commission has agreed to new rules aimed at limiting the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) by restricting blood products used in feed.
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Assessing the biosafety risks of pig manure for use as a feedstock for composting

Salmonella was detected in the manure from half of the 30 pig farms sampled, with 52% of isolates recovered identified as multi-drug resistant S. Typhimurium.
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News Updates: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Biosecurity Key to Keeping Farms Free of PED

In the wake of Manitoba's second confirmed on-farm case of PED Manitoba Pork is encouraging pork producers to maintain their focus on biosecurity. Last week the Office of Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed the province's second on-farm case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus.
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Updated Advice on Lidocaine for Pain Relief in Pigs

The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) has provided further information on the use of lidocaine for pain relief in pigs.
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Vaccination influences the evolution of classical swine fever virus

Classical swine fever is a serious, economically damaging disease caused by classical swine fever virus (CSFV). The CSFV is composed of two clades, according to phylogenetic estimates.
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News Updates: Friday, May 16, 2014

PED Changes Approach to Swine Manure Management

The executive director of the Manitoba Livestock Manure Management Initiative says efforts to contain PED have changed how manure is managed.
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Researchers Find New Gene Expression Mechanism of PRRS Virus

A collaborative study involving Kansas State University researchers has discovered a new gene expression mechanism in porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, or PRRS, virus — an important swine pathogen that costs the US pork industry more than $600 million a year.
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The Influence of Between-Farm Distance and Farm Size on the Spread of Classical Swine Fever during the 1997-1998 Epidemic in The Netherlands

As the size of livestock farms in The Netherlands is on the increase for economic reasons, an important question is how disease introduction risks and risks of onward transmission scale with farm size (i.e. with the number of animals on the farm).
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News Updates: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

AHVLA Reports Finisher Deaths Due to Septicaemic Pasteurellosis in March

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) reports that during March 2014, finisher deaths due to septicaemic pasteurellosis was observed. Besides this, there was also an unusual outbreak of oedema disease causing ataxia and hindlimb weakness due to severe polyarthritis in finishers.
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PEDv count continues to rise

The National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 191 tests for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) proved positive out of 801 conducted at 10 veterinary diagnostic labs in the week ended May 3, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ latest update. The latest data bring the number of confirmed cases to 6,421 since the virus was discovered in the United States in May 2013.
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Influenza a subtype h3 viruses in feral Swine, United States, 2011-2012

To determine whether, and to what extent, influenza A subtype H3 viruses were present in feral swine in the United States, we conducted serologic and virologic surveillance during October 2011-September 2012. These animals were periodically exposed to and infected with A(H3N2) viruses, suggesting they may threaten human and animal health.
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News Updates: Friday, May 23, 2014

Pork Industry Stakeholders Seek Options for Continued Operation of CSHB

The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board hopes to have options in place for the continued operation of the organization by the end of June. Since March 2013, when a federal funding agreement ended, the Canadian Swine Health Board has been operating with limited funding.
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Could PEDv subside by 2015?

The head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) believes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) will ease before the end of the year. "I'm confident. Like in all other diseases we know how to stop them once we have identified the causes properly," OIE Director General Bernard Vallat told Reuters.
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Biodegradation of three tetracyclines in swine wastewater

Tetracyclines (TCs), including tetracycline (TC), oxytetracycline (OTC), and chlortetracycline (CTC), are amongst the most common antibiotics used in animal husbandry. Residual amounts of these antibiotics in the environment are a concern because they contribute to selection of resistant bacteria.
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News Updates: Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Russian Vet Accuses Europe of Intransigence over African Swine Fever

The European Commission has been accused this week of not listening to warnings from Russia over the potential threat of African swine fever and of refusing to accept a regional approach to allowing exports.
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Could PEDv subside by 2015?

The head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) believes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) will ease before the end of the year. "I'm confident. Like in all other diseases we know how to stop them once we have identified the causes properly," OIE Director General Bernard Vallat told Reuters.
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Analysis of Swine Movement in Four Canadian Regions: Network Structure and Implications for Disease Spread

Direct and indirect contacts among animal holdings are important in the spread of infectious diseases. The objectives of this study were to describe networks of pig movements and the sharing of trucks used for those movements between swine farms in four Canadian regions.
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News Updates: Friday, May 30, 2014

Summer Offers Best Opportunity to Eliminate PED

The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board says warmer summer weather offers the best opportunity for Canada's pork industry to contain and hopefully eliminate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
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Swine vets update PEDv numbers

The National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 187 tests for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) proved positive out of 825 conducted at seven veterinary diagnostic labs in the week ended May 17, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ latest update.
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Age-related and regional differences in the prevalence of hepatitis E virus-specific antibodies in pigs in Germany

An increasing number of acute autochthonous human hepatitis E virus (HEV)-infections was noticed in Germany and other developed countries, most likely the result of a zoonotic virus transmission from pig, wild boar and deer.
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News Updates: Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Veterinarian Confirms PEDV Can Re-infect a Previously Exposed Herd

Reuters News reported on an incidence of re-infection with the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) on an Indiana farm this spring.
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ASF reported in Russia

A case of African Swine Fever (ASF) has been identified in a wild boar. The carcass of a wild boar was found in Dneprovskiye zory near Dubrovo village, Kardymovsky, Smolenskaya Oblast. Laboratory studies confirmed that the wild boar was infected with the ASF virus. The carcass was incinerated.
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The preparation of porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) virus-like particles using a recombinant pseudorabies virus and its application to vaccine development

Porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) is the primary causative agent of an economically important swine disease, now known as porcine-associated disease (PCVAD). The only structural protein of viral capsid, Cap has become the major target for development of PCV2 subunit vaccines.
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Press Release Archives

 

2013

June 14, 2013 — OTTAWA, Ontario — National Strategy to Prevent the Spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea to Canada
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June 6, 2013 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CPC and CSHB Take Action to Deal With Virus Threat
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May 31, 2013 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CPC and CSHB Encourage Producers to Review and Strengthen Existing Biosecurity Practices to Prevent the Introduction of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus into Canadian Operations
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May 26, 2013 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Update
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May 21, 2013 — OTTAWA, Ontario — SPECIAL UPDATE - Update on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
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2012

November 21, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Swine Biosecurity in Canada - in Pictures!
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November 9, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHIN Launches Data Network
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October 18, 2012 — WINNIPEG, Manitoba — CFIA Officially Recognizes CSHB Biosecurity Standard
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October 17, 2012 — WINNIPEG, Manitoba — CSHB Encourages Flu Shots for Producers and Swine Care Workers
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September 13, 2012 — OTTAWA, Onatrio — CSHB's Canadian Swine Health Forum - Early Registration Deadline
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June 11, 2012 — OTTAWA, Onatrio — CSHB's Biosecurity Training Program Highlighted at IPVS 2012
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March 31, 2012 — OTTAWA, Onatrio — Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network Announced
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February 2, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Swine Health Board to present at One Health Summit
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January 24, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Swine Health Board Congratulates Incoming CPC President
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2011

October 20, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB Encourages Flu Shots for Producers and Farm Personnel
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October 6, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB Launches Biosecurity User Guide
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August 11, 2011— OTTAWA, Ontario — Mortality insurance for swine reaches milestone
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June 6, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB Funding included in June 6 Budget
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May 12, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — National Swine Biosecurity Training Program Launched
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March 3, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Vesicular Disease Awareness Bulletins Released
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2010

January 8, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB Announces Program Coordinators
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January 21, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB to evaluate PRRS control and eradication in Canada
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March 25, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB launches national biosecurity study
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May 15, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Government of Canada Supports Farmers by Investing in Animal Health
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May 21, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Special Update on the Foot-and-Mouth Disease Outbreaks Occurring in Japan, and South Korea
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September 2, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CSHB Confirms Executive for Coming Year
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November 30, 2010 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Get Your Flu Shot
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2009

April 27, 2009 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CPC And CSHB Encourage Producers To Review And Strengthen Existing Biosecurity Practices To Prevent The Introduction Of The New Influenza Virus Into Canadian Operations
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June 26, 2009 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Robert Harding named executive director of CSHB
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January 16, 2013 — WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Canada and the United States sign agreement on animal disease zoning
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December 11, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Highlights From NFAHWC Forum 2012
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December 3, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Dr. Daniel Hurnik - 2012 Carl Block Award Recipient
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August 31, 2012 — OTTAWA, Ontario — CFIA Notice to Industry. Reminder to Producers: Strengthen Biosecurity to Protect Health
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June 30, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Canadian Association of Swine Veterinarians Hires National PRRS Area and Regional Control and Elimination (ARC&E) Coordinators
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January 31, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council Receives Interim Reports on Two Priority Items
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January 11, 2011 — OTTAWA, Ontario — Swine Disease Surveillance
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May 15, 2010 — WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Government of Canada Supports Farmers by Investing in Animal Health
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