Introducing Dr. Catalina Picasso to the MSHMP Group

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.

Today, we are excited to introduce our participants and recipients to Dr. Catalina (Cata) Picasso who will be working with the Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project for the near future.

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Porcine Deltacoronavirus in MSHMP sow herds

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.

Today, Dr. Kikuti and other members of the MSHMP team from the University of Minnesota share the Porcine Deltacoronavirus cases reported on MSHMP participant sow farms from January 2015 to the present.

Key Points

  • Porcine Deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) is still present in sow herds since it was first reported in the US in 2014.
  • Number of cases reported per month averaged 3.2 cases between January 2015 and May 2020.
  • PDCoV testing and reporting should continue in order to increase our understanding of the disease.
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Yearly incidence rate of PRRS per MSHMP Participating Production System

This week, the MSHMP team is sharing the yearly PRRS incidence rates in the 39 participating systems.

Keypoints

  • The average incidence rate for all systems during the entire period described was 0.27 PRRS outbreaks per farm per year.
  • The incidence rate of PRRS outbreaks within a system varies across years with some participants continuing to have lower incidences.
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Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Project 2019 Summary

Keypoints

The Morrison Swine Health Monitoring Program hit several milestones during the year 2019.

  • 3.39 million sows are part of the project
  • A new database
  • 2 new major areas of focus: sequencing and transport data analysis
  • 7 scientific and peer-reviewed publications
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Announcing MSHMP Report Changes

The MSHMP team would like to announce changes that will be coming to the weekly report in July, 2019 as we start a new monitoring year. Since mid 2017 we have been working towards switching the MSHMP database and report out of Excel and into a structured query language (SQL) database, with the report created using the programs R and LateX. We will officially make the transition starting July fifth and are excited to introduce you to some of the changes you will be seeing in the upgraded version of the MSHMP report.

The decision to transition into an SQL database and create the report with R and LateX was made primarily for 3 reasons: 1) Storage and query capabilities, 2) Reliability and 3) Automatization of the report generation process. Altogether this will improve the quality and speed of data management to continue to enable the project to grow in a constant manner.

The general contents and layout of the report will remain unaltered. The main change in the report is its overall appearance as the style, detail information and legends have been altered. The SVV chart show now only data from veterinary diagnostic laboratories. PRRSv Chart 3, incidence by Status, has been replaced by a new chart, PRRS Incidence Rate, to better reflect the status frequency of breaks.

The top paragraphs of the PRRSv and PEDv pages have been updated to more clearly reflect how systems are included in charts. We also show the amount of systems reporting each disease for the week out of the total number of systems, rather than out of the total included in a particular chart.

As a team we are very excited to launch our new more reliable and efficient database system and weekly report. We know it will enable our work to continue growing and improving, providing more value to the swine industry and associated communities. As a group we particularly want to acknowledge Post-Doc Juan Sanhueza and our IT Director Paulo Fioravante, the primary architects of the new system, and thank them for the immense amount of work they have done to make this possible.