Report on the First African Swine Fever Case found in Greece in 2020

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, we are presenting a report by Bellou et al., from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece on the first case of African Swine Fever discovered back in 2020.

Main Points 

  • In February 2020 the first African Swine Fever (ASF) case in Greece was diagnosed in a backyard swine farm.
  • Clinical symptoms were vague and necropsy findings could be attributed to other conditions, including ASF.
  • In areas neighboring high ASF-risk areas, ASF should always be included on the differential diagnosis, even in cases with mild symptoms, due to the high mortality rate and acute spread that ASF poses.
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Pooling udder skin wipes to detect influenza in preweaning pigs

This is a recent publication from the Torremorell’s lab refining the use of udder wipes to detect influenza in preweaning pigs. It is available in the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.

Key points

  • Pooling of three, five, and ten udder wipes was evaluated.
  • Sensitivity decreased if the Ct count was above 31.5.
  • Pooling more than three udder wipes can affect the ability to detect influenza virus.
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Assessing Senecavirus A shedding and transmission in growing pig populations

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, Drs. Preis and Corzo invite you to participate in a research project on Senecavirus A, sponsored by the American Association of Swine Veterinarians!

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Enhanced Passive Surveillance for ASF and CSF

This is our Friday rubric: every week a new Science Page from the Bob Morrison’s Swine Health Monitoring Project. The previous editions of the science page are available on our website.

This week, the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota shares preliminary results regarding a project looking at enhanced surveillance for two Foreign Animal Diseases: African Swine Fever and Classical Swine Fever.

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Newly funded: U scientists to enhance forecasting tool for highly contagious porcine disease

This article was previously published on the UMN College of Veterinary Medicine website.

September 16, 2021

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) is a highly contagious, widespread infectious disease whose transmission routes, due to a dearth of available data, have been largely unpredictable since its emergence in the U.S. in 2013.  

A team of University of Minnesota scientists wants to change that. Thanks to recent new funding from the Swine Health Information Center, College of Veterinary Medicine researchers aim to give swine farmers the tools they need to predict the likelihood of an outbreak before it occurs—by using existing and new data to increase the understanding of how the virus spreads through time and space. 

RELATED: Research roundup: Can scientists develop a better vaccine against PRRS variants?

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