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What Is Infectious Disease Surveillance?

Developments in infectious disease surveillanceDevelopments in infectious disease surveillance Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Iowa State University, outlines developments in infectious disease surveillance. Dr. Zimmerman highlights how data is being collected and analyzed to better understand "what is happening" in disease detection (aka surveillance). Dr. Zimmerman concludes with recommendations for on farm oral fluid surveillance. [video].

What Is HP-PRRSV?

Pathogenesis and control of Chinese highly pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRSV)Pathogenesis and control of Chinese highly pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRSV) Dr. Hanchun Yang, China Agricultural University, reviews the research of Highly Pathogenic Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (HP-PRRSV) in China. Several key take aways: HP-PRRSV has stronger ability of suppressing cell-mediated immunity of pigs & HP-PRRSV infection causes severe lung lesions and expanded tissue lesions of pigs [video].

Swine, Data, and Informatics

Big data and models: Are they really useful in disease management?Big data and models: Are they really useful in disease management? Dr. Jim Lowe, University of Illinois, looks at big data and asks if they are really useful in animal health. Dr. Lowe suggests that animal agriculture is a very complicated and confusing set of systems with variations in many sub-areas, for example biological, mechanical, and human behavior. Dr. Lowe shares how animal agriculture has lots of data and how data can be collected in a systematic fashion to help improve animal health [video].

Best Practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Control

Building on the best practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) ControlBuilding on the best practices of Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Control In this panel discussion from the 2016 North American PRRS Symposium, researchers and veterinarians address audience questions about the best practices of porcine reproductive & respiratory syndrome (PRRS) control. Panel members include Dr. PH Rathkjen, Boehringer Ingelheim; Dr. Roger Main, Iowa State University; Dr. Mike Roof, Boehringer Ingelheim; and Dr. Daniel Linhares, Iowa State University, Swine Health and Productivity [video].

The Microbiome In Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome

The role of the microbiome in Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS)The role of the microbiome in Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) Dr. Megan Niederwerder, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology, Kansas State University, shares the role of the microbiome in PRRS, possibly as an alternative tool to improve the disease response in pigs. Dr. Niederwerder states the microbiome may be used as an alternative tool and novel intervention strategy for management of infectious disease in swine [video].

Host Genetics Of Resistance To Porcine Diseases

Update on the host genetics of resistance to porcine diseasesUpdate on the host genetics of resistance to porcine diseases Dr. Jack Dekkers, Animal Breeding and Genetics, Department of Animal Science, Iowa State University, gives an update on the host genetics of resistance to porcine diseases. Dr. Dekkers outlines the experimental trials he is working on that have co-infection of nursery pigs: PRRS + PCV2 (incl. PRRS vaccination) [video].

Advantages Of Metagenomic Sequencing

Metagenomic Sequencing for Virus Discovery and CharacterizationMetagenomic Sequencing for Virus Discovery and Characterization Dr. Ben Hause, Kansas State University, shares information on using metagenomic sequencing for virus discovery and characterization. Dr. Hause points out some of the advantages of metagenomic sequencing over Sanger Sequencing and what data is made available from metagenomic sequencing. Dr. Hause talks about how metagenomic sequencing helps with Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus (PRRSv) research [video].

The State Of Pork Today

Swine Industry Expectations, Innovations & TransformationsSwine Industry Expectations, Innovations & Transformations In this panel of swine experts, questions are discussed about handling disease emergencies at a national level, who are the trusted sources of information about the food supply, and the public perceptions of agriculture and how to respond.

Moderator Neil Dierks, CEO National Pork Producers Council, and panelists Dr. Tom Burkgren, Executive Director, American Association of Swine Veterinarians; Jan Hueber, General Manager and Co-Owner, Great Plains Management; and Bob Ruth, President, Country View Family Farms [video].

Using Complexity Theory To Understand Swine Vaccine Responses

 The Importance of Tissue-Level ActivityThe Chaos of Vaccine Responses: The Importance of Tissue-Level Activity Dr. David Hurley, Department of Large Animal Medicine, University of Georgia, dives into the science and physiology of tissue level activity and using Chaos Theory (or Complexity Theory if you prefer) to understand vaccine responses. This presentation shares detailed illustrations that explain tissue level events (their duration and strength plus their diversity).

One key takeaway is vaccines are able to protect target tissues other than the vaccine site because once ordered and produced in effective quantity and for the right challenge, the products will enter all body tissues expressing damage and danger. [video].

How Outbreak Investigations Help Reduce PRRSv Outbreaks

A Systematic Approach to PRRS Outbreak InvestigationsSystematic Approaches To PRRSv Outbreak Reductions Kimberlee Gerardy, Veterinary Diagnostic Production Animal Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State University, details the actions to a systematic approach to porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) outbreak investigations. Ms. Gerardy points out the goals of an investigation is understand when farm operations can return to base line production faster after an outbreak and then to keep PRRSv out. Ms. Gerardy states that keeping PRRSv is hard and shares outbreak investigation research that aims to help reduce outbreaks [video].
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