More About MRSA Dr. Peter Davies gives the Hanson Lecture at the 2013 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference on the topic of Livestock Associated MRSA (LA-MRSA). Dr. Davies looks at LA-MRSA's impact on public health and aims to clarify where they come from.
Understanding on PEDV Dr. Dane Goede and Dr. Bob Morrison provide an update on the ongoing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) research studies at the University of Minnesota. They look at production impact and share information about the Swine Health Monitoring Project.
Challenges of Swine Influenza Dr. Dyneah Classen presents on the challenges of surveillance and management of swine influenza. Dr. Classen details several of the protocols that should be done for surveillance. Surveillance data is needed to help determine farm vaccination strategies. Dr. Classen concludes with observations that vaccination of the entire breeding herd can reduce viral shedding in both sows and suckling piglets plus suckling piglets may be a source of virus to other pigs.
Don't Lick The Animals Dr. Joni Scheftel provides a public health perspective on the influenza A virus and the human-interface. Dr. Scheftel notes that up until 2012, the occurrence of influenza A virus (swine influenza) in humans was quite rare. But in 2012 the U.S. cases of variant influenza A jumped to 306 from 14 in 2011. Dr. Scheftel concludes with information on action steps taken in 2013 to educate people in Minnesota about exposure to pigs through out the year, like at fairs and live markets.
Swine Influenza and Wean-Finish Populations Andres Diaz, Ph.D. student, University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine, presents information the dynamics of influenza infections in a wean to finish population. Mr. Diaz suggested that wean pigs can be a source of influenza A virus to other swine populations and that the maternal immunity does not protect weaned pigs from influenza A virus infection but it did reduce transmission.