December 2017 SHIC eNewsletter

SHIC’s Initial Near Real-time Global Swine Disease Surveillance System Report Issued

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) announces the first monthly global swine disease surveillance report has been issued. This November 2017 report focuses on a trio of high priority diseases – African Swine Fever, Foot-and-Mouth Disease, and Classical Swine Fever – as the near real-time monitoring system is developed and tested. Subsequent reports, beginning in January, will include information about additional, production-affecting diseases.

From the report:

Two areas of concern show up in this month’s reports. The first is an outbreak of ASF in Belarus. Though reported in the press, there has been no official report of the disease in the interim. The second is a large outbreak in the Tyumen region of Russia. Outbreaks in Siberia have the added concern of moving within the region towards the pig dense areas in China. The borders in this region across Russia, Khazakstan, Mongolia and China are uncontrolled in many areas.

Funded by SHIC, the 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). This first, near real-time surveillance report was a key priority for SHIC in 2017 and its debut has been anticipated by stakeholders looking for relevant, timely data on global swine diseases.

SHIC encourages feedback on the report. “This is the start of our global near real-time swine disease surveillance reporting,” remarked Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of SHIC. “We want to make this informative and useful for producers and veterinarians. Please share your thoughts on content, format, and suggestions to make it better.” Email Dr. Sundberg at [email protected].

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 U.S. pork industry. As conditions may change, so will the relevance scoring.

As part of the ongoing development of the report, collaborators are working on a system to enable individuals to enter their own data and information on international health events that may be considered of interest to US practitioners.

“Having a systematic way to monitor new or emerging diseases around the globe will help keep US pork producers informed of risks. Knowing the changes in risks will spur thinking about how to mitigate them,” remarked Dr. Sundberg.

SHIC Seeks Pork Industry Stakeholders’ Input

Developing 2018 Plan of Work

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) continues to prioritize high-impact, urgent return on investment projects to monitor, predict, prepare, and respond to emerging diseases. As SHIC develops its 2018 Plan of Work, they are inviting stakeholder input into upcoming priorities. Contributions to the conversation are requested by December 15, 2017.

Emerging diseases remain the primary concern for SHIC. These include diseases being introduced into the US, such as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PED) in 2013, or endemic diseases already present but changed in some manner with significant health and/or profitability impacts, such as Seneca Valley A which emerged in 2015.

In seeking input, SHIC hopes stakeholders will share no-holds-barred desires for the industry. “Think big. Don’t be constrained by difficulty or cost in your visioning,” stated Dr. Paul Sundberg, executive director of SHIC. Out-of-the-ordinary suggestions to benefit the health of the US swine herd are encouraged.
Please provide your input for the SHIC 2018 Plan of Work to Dr. Paul Sundberg. Email [email protected] or call 515-598-4553.

SHIC developed a series of questions to stimulate consideration of projects for their 2018 Plan of Work.

An additional resource for stakeholders can be found in the SHIC 2017 Plan of Work found here. From this plan, several successful projects were launched, including:

SHIC’s 2018 Plan of Work will be set by the organization’s Board of Directors using input from the industry, personal expertise, and appropriate follow-up to the 2017 Plan. The 2018 Plan of Work will be posted on the SHIC website in January.

2017 SHIC Update

As plans for the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) in 2018 are developed, it is helpful to review recent progress and success. With key priorities of monitoring, preparedness, and response, SHIC completed several new projects in 2017 to achieve objectives from the Plan of Work.

Progress on 2017 Plan of Work





December 4, 2017

December 2017 SHIC eNewsletter

SHIC’s Initial Near Real-time Global Swine Disease Surveillance System Report Issued
SHIC Seeks Pork Industry Stakeholders’ Input
2017 SHIC Update
November 6, 2017

November 2017 SHIC eNewsletter

SHIC Monitoring Bat-Sourced Coronavirus Variant in China
SHIC Funds Project to Develop a Model to Predict Disease Outbreaks
Access SHIC Rapid Response Corps Training and Resources
Need More Diagnostics? Short on Funds? SHIC Diagnostic Fee Support Can Help
SHIC Facilitates Communication on Swine Disease Issues
October 3, 2017

October 2017 SHIC eNewsletter

SHIC’s US Swine Disease Monitoring System Underway
SHIC Rapid Response Corps Training Now Live
SHIC Reports PRRSv Diagnostic Progress in Uruguay
Oral Fluid ELISA Tests Funded
SHIC Leverages Leman Conference Attendance
SHIC Diagnostic Fee Support Fills Financial Gaps
September 5, 2017

September 2017 SHIC eNewsletter

SHIC Studying Tools to Prevent Pathogen Transmission in Feed
SHIC Shares Practitioner’s View on Novel PRRS in Manitoba
SHIC Working Groups Provide Insight, Experience, and Direction
SHIC Funds Near Real-Time Global Swine Disease Monitoring System
SHIC Works to Validate Methods to Monitor Feed for Swine Pathogens
August 23, 2017

SHIC Funds Near Real-Time Global Swine Disease Monitoring System

Ames, Iowa – The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has funded a near real-time monitoring system for swine diseases around the world. Reviewed by SHIC’s Monitoring […]