Domestic and Global Disease Monitoring Reports

Precise, science-based information fuels disease prevention and preparedness

To implement infectious disease control and management, precise, science-based information is required. The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) conceptualized and funded two systems for near real-time domestic and global swine disease monitoring. The near real-time information on swine disease made available by these systems will enable better, faster, and more effective response to endemic or foreign infectious diseases. By funding these projects, SHIC helps the industry toward better swine health information to positively impact the long-term sustainability of pork production. The result is a stronger, more vibrant US pork industry.

Domestic Disease Monitoring Reports

SHIC’s domestic disease monitoring reports are the result of the veterinary diagnostic lab (VDL) data standardization project the Center supported. The model describes dynamics of disease detection by pathogen over time, specimen, age group, and geographical space.

An advisory group has been formed to help give context to the data collected and interpret it. The goal is to aggregate swine diagnostic data from participating reporting VDLs then present it in an intuitive format via shared reports and web dashboards.

Global Disease Monitoring Reports

The global swine disease surveillance report system was developed at the University of Minnesota using a private-public-academic partnership including collaboration with the USDA/APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (USDA-CEAH).

While planned to be published monthly, incidents of emerging swine diseases will be communicated immediately, as needed. Experts reviewing the information will use their expertise to score the relevance and importance of each incident to the US pork industry. As conditions may change, so will the relevance scoring.

Feedback Is Welcome

SHIC encourages feedback on the reports. Please share your thoughts on content, format, and suggestions to make it better.” Email SHIC Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg at psundberg@swinehealth.org.