The Swine Health Information Center is currently requesting input for its 2024 Plan of Work from all stakeholders across the swine industry. Input may include topic areas, research priorities, and identified industry needs in which SHIC should focus efforts, such as an emerging swine disease or an emerging swine health issue. SHIC’s Plan of Work helps guide activities for the coming year across five strategic areas, including improving swine health information, monitoring and mitigating risks to swine health, responding to emerging disease, surveillance and discovery of emerging disease, and swine disease matrices. Input across all five areas is welcomed and encouraged.
Rather than restricting efforts of the Center, the annual Plan of Work provides a roadmap while remaining flexible, allowing SHIC to react to emerging issues of the swine industry as they occur in real-time. This aligns with SHIC’s mission, which is to protect and enhance the health of the US swine herd by minimizing the impact of emerging disease threats through preparedness, coordinated communications, global disease monitoring, analysis of swine health data, and targeted research investments.
Suggestions for the 2024 SHIC Plan of Work may be submitted online through the SHIC website or may be submitted directly to SHIC Associate Director Dr. Megan Niederwerder at [email protected] or SHIC Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg at [email protected]. Input and ideas are welcomed for the 2024 Plan of Work process through November 10, 2023. Additional input and ideas are welcomed anytime throughout the year to inform newly identified needs which may necessitate adapting or adjusting the Plan of Work. Being nimble and responsive to realities in the US swine industry reflects SHIC’s mission and illustrates the Center’s strengths. The 2023 Plan of Work can be found here.
This month’s Domestic Swine Disease Monitoring Report brings information about the increased positivity in the wean-to-market category of PRRSV, IAV, and on the adult/sow farm for PCV2 and MHP. Even though the increased positivity was expected for September, this finding raises an alert for increased activity in various endemic pathogens during September. At a regional level, PRRSV had increased positivity in Illinois and Ohio; PEDV in Missouri and North Carolina; and PDCoV in Kansas. For Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, most of the positive submissions came from tissue samples. Also, ISU-VDL tissue diagnosis brings Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae across the 10 most confirmed tissue diagnoses. On the SDRS podcast, Dr. Gustavo Silva, an Assistant Professor at Iowa State, discusses the importance of disease diagnostics for production management and the cost of M. hyopneumoniae elimination.
In this month’s Global Swine Disease Monitoring Report, learn about the first report of African swine fever in Sweden where 41 cases were confirmed in wild boar. In the Lombardy region of Italy, over 30,000 animals have been culled and the presence of ASFV Genotype 2 has been confirmed in Sardinia. In Hungary, researchers are planning to conduct a field trial involving bait infused with an experimental ASFV vaccine in forests of the nation. The first outbreak of Nipah virus since 2021 was reported in Kerala state. In the US at the Louisville Port of Entry, US Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted 1,500 pounds of unauthorized pork and poultry shipments from Hong Kong.