Substantial Progress Reported in 2018 in Efforts to Fight Swine Disease

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Farmscape for January 22, 2019

Full Interview 16:10 (USING BACKUP AUDIO SERVER) Listen

The Executive Director of the Swine Health Information Centre reports substantial progress was made during the past year in the development of strategies to combat the spread of swine diseases. In its January newsletter the Swine Health Information Center outlines progress in the work it conducted on behalf of the U.S. swine sector during 2018.
Swine Health Information Center Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg says, as planning moves forward for 2019, the 2018 report summarizes developments last year.

Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
In 2018 we accomplished quite a bit. We tested and refined the rapid response teams, the rapid response program and we looked at filling the gaps in research for diagnostics for a variety of different diseases. We expanded our disease reporting process in reporting domestic diseases, those that are in the U.S. through the veterinary diagnostic lab results that we have in collaboration with the veterinary diagnostic labs and also we expanded the international disease reporting system so we could keep track of what’s going on in other parts of the world.
Especially In 2018 there was a lot of interest in African Swine Fever as it moved in Europe and broke in China.
All of these things are part of the pieces that were successful in 2018. The whole report can be found on swinehealth.org so anybody that’s interested can go to swinehealth.org and see all of the things that SHIC accomplished in 2018.

Dr. Sundberg suggests reviewing the 2018 plan of work and the 2018 results for that plan of work. He encourages people to look at what was attempted in 2018 and provide feedback on that plan and offer ideas for moving forward.

For Farmscape.Ca, I’m Bruce Cochrane.

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