On May 16, 18, and 20, the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), in collaboration with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, held a series of webinars on Senecavirus A (Seneca Valley Virus) for veterinary practitioners and pork producers, May 16, 18 and 20. Over 120 veterinarians and producers, from 29 U.S. states and Canadian provinces were in attendance. Each webinar was recorded and is available for viewing on the SHIC website.
The first webinar, Here’s what we know about the virus and how to manage it, presented results of SHIC’s and USDA’s 2015-16 research investment on the virus. Topics presented include: Epidemiological investigations, virus transmission, sow and grow-finish shedding and a case example of a herd closure to eliminate the virus from the farm.
The second webinar, An update on current diagnostic tools – capabilities and work still to be done, focused on SHIC’s and universities’ funded research on Senecavirus A diagnostics. Topics presented include: the genetic diversity of the virus in the U.S. and an update about the virus in South America, interpreting PCR values as they correlate to virus isolation and the latest information about current and future serology tests.
The final webinar, Reporting vesicles and lesions – what to expect, presented by the USDA and a state animal health official, focused on what practitioners and producers need to know about the state and federal government’s roles and responsibilities in investigating cases of vesicular disease. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center described the samples, testing and timeline needed to rule out Foot and Mouth Disease during an investigation.