Recent Emergence of Swine Coronaviruses in North America - Dr. Dick Hesse, Director of Diagnostic Virology, K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, from the 2014 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 15-16, 2014, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.
It's Complicated? Craig A. Lewis, DVM MPH DACVPM, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, presents background information on the US FDA's antibiotic regulatory activities for human and animal health. Dr. Lewis says antibiotics resistance is a complex topic. There are many gaps in understanding the science of resistance and the future requires a collaborative approach to create and develop solutions. "There are problems to be solved and tensions to be managed", says Dr. Lewis as he outlined rules, regulations, and discussions around antibiotics.
The advent of PEDV in U.S. herds has some producers on their heels while others are using the calamity as an opportunity to 'up their game'. Dr. Dale Polson of Boehringer Ingelheim notes PED illuminated weakness in our surveillance systems and suggests a new world-view of data streams and potential health issues.
PEDv, Where Do We Stand? [audio] Three leading swine veterinarians and researchers give producers a timely, informative overview of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. The experts will cover what the industry has learned about the disease's impact on production, herd immunity/exposure, diagnostics, mandatory reporting and other important topics [audio].
What Are Consumer Views On Antibiotics? What is expressed, by some consumers, is a need to scale back on antibiotic prophylactic treatment in food animal agriculture. The World Health Organization suggests a better use and management of antibiotics across all animal species, including humans.
What Is Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus? What is being done to address Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)? PEDv is a coronavirus that kills newborn pigs within a short number of days. PEDv is not a risk for people; it is not zoonotic, so therefore it poses no risk to other animals or humans. Also, it poses no risk to food safety. But the price of pork will be affected by PEDv. More piglets are dying, reducing the flow of pigs into the meat market.