Active surveillance and impact of an intervention on PEDV occurrence in a large pig production system in the US

Today, we are sharing a recent publication from the MSHMP team led by Dr. Cesar Corzo in collaboration with a US pork producer. The full article is available in open access on the Porcine Health Management journal’s website. The objectives of this study were to actively monitor Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in pigs during several stages of the finishing phase and to assess the impact of added biosecurity measures.

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Newly funded: University of Minnesota researchers secure $500K USDA grant to study novel pig influenzas

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

March 28, 2022

A team of researchers at the University of Minnesota has secured $500,000 to study how new influenza virus strains emerge, persist, and spread in pig populations—and what age, well-being, farm-production type, and epidemiological factors might help predict whether a new virus strain emerges. 

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Meet our graduate students in swine health and production

Graduate students are at the core of our research efforts to deliver science-based solutions to solve the swine industry’s problems. You may be familiar with their names through scientific publications or you may have seen them present the results of their research at various conferences but they deserve a proper introduction. Meet our 2021-2022 graduate students!

Part of the UMN swine group at the AASV annual meeting in February 2022.
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USDA awards University of Minnesota over $1.5 million to research Foreign Animal Disease

Two projects: one lead by Andres Perez, DVM, PhD and Jerry Torrison, DVM, PhD, DACVPM focuses on surveillance and detection of foreign animal disease, one lead by Sunil Mor, BVSc & AH, MVSc, PhD, aims to develop rapid field test for foot-and-mouth disease.

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Pinpointing pathogens, dead or alive: CVM graduate student designing better way to manage respiratory disease in swine

 This article was written by Kaitlin Sullivan for the UMN CVM magazine, Profiles.

Albert Canturri, PhD candidate in the MycoLab

Mycoplasmal pneumonia of swine (MPS) first appeared in pigs a century ago, when producers had a hunch that it wasn’t influenza that was taking their droves. Today, the disease is nearly endemic.

“It exists in just about any country where pigs are raised,” says Maria Pieters, DVM, PhD, director of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Swine Disease Eradication Center. 

When the minuscule bacteria, called Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae, first enter a pig’s lungs, it can easily go undetected. But as the pig approaches the finishing stage, the bacteria cripples its respiratory system and stunts the swine’s growth. The infected pig takes longer to reach market size, elevating costs for producers. They also suffer, something veterinarians strive to eliminate. 

There’s a better way to manage the spread of the disease, and Albert Canturri, a PhD candidate in CVM, is designing it.

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