2014 World Pork Expo, June 4 - 6, 2014, Des Moines, IA, USA, provided updates on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), economics & global trade, plus management and production tools for operation staff to use.
PEDv Science & Diagnostics Update During the World Pork Expo Pork Academy, Dr. Harry Snelson, American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), shared scientific details of the U.S. discovery and understanding of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr. Snelson highlighted what is known today about the virus and how that information is being utilized by production farms, packing plants, and diagnostic laboratories [YouTube][audio][slides].
What Can We Learn? Paul Sundberg, DVM, PhD, Vice President, National Pork Board, suggests that there have been lessons learned but there are most likely more to learn. Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the US continues to be the focus of the pork industry and there are still operations getting infected. Dr. Sundberg shares key points: sharing data and analysis is key; producers are accepting that data sharing is part of the solution; and you can't be comfortable or complacent.
Regionalization and Risk Assessments: Tools for Decision - Making in a Global Market - Lisa A. Ferguson, DVM, National Director, Policy Permitting and Regulatory Services, USDA, APHIS, VS, National Import/Export Services, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.
Virus Path To Farm Lisa Ferguson, DVM, National Director, Policy Permitting and Regulatory Services, APHIS, VS, National Import Export Services, shares an update on the Pathways Analysis Project, which is looking for potential pathways for exotic viral pathogens to come into the USA. The goal is to estimate the likelihood that each identified pathway may introduce exotic viral pathogens of swine into the USA.