CVM researchers awarded $1 million to develop strategies to protect animals during disease outbreaks

The University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine‚Äôs (CVM) Secure Food System (SFS) team collaborate with public and private partners to develop tactical biosecurity strategies to limit disease spread for specific animal movements based on risk-based science. The awarded work pursues these objectives:

  • Assess the risk of animal movements and their agricultural products during an outbreak and translate the risk-based science into workable movement permit guidance; 
  • Develop tactical strategies to limit foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak spread in integrated agriculture systems; and 
  • Conduct outreach on emergency preparedness and the SFS platform. 
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Practical recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied industries

Dr. Montse Torremorell gave a webinar for the National Pork Board yesterday, sharing practical guidelines to protect workers in the swine industry from COVID-19. Below are the slides from her presentation for your convenience, her contact information are included at the end, should you wish to reach out to Dr. Torremorell.

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Practical biosecurity recommendations to prevent COVID-19 in farm workers and allied operations

March 19th, 2020
The Swine Disease Eradication center at the University of Minnesota recently released practical recommendations regarding biosecurity measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in farm workers and other allied operations.

Download the pdf version of the document from our website.
Available in Spanish as well.

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Confused about Streptococcus zooepidemicus?

Dr. Matheus Costa wrote a couple of articles regarding this new swine pathogen for the online information platform Farmscape.

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This first one summarizes what is know about the pathogen so far. You may read the article on the website or even listen to Dr. Costa’s interview.

A second article focuses on biosecurity measures that should be implemented to prevent the spread of the pathogen. Again you may read the article or listen to the interview.

Lastly, Dr. Costa published a summary of the cases so far, shared on this blog a few months back and still available if you would like to read it again.

Frequency and origin of live imports of breeding-stock pigs to the United States

This week, we are sharing a report from the MSHMP team in collaboration with the Swine Health Information Center regarding the origin of the pigs that are imported for breeding purposes.

Key Points

  • International live pig transport is a possible route for disease entry into the U.S.
  • The first step in assessing this risk is to categorize and analyze breeding stock import data
  • Small numbers of imported breeding pigs have come from a variety of countries, but the majority come from Canada
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