Podcast: Protecting the food system from COVID-19

In this episode, Dr. Montse Torremorell (College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota), Dr. Gordon Spronk (Pipestone Veterinary Services), and Dr. Tom Wetzel (Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica) are joined by Dr. Jeff Bender (School of Public Health, University of Minnesota).

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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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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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COVID-19 and pig viruses – what can we learn?

Drs. Marie Culhane and Montse Torremorell, swine influenza experts at the University of Minnesota have been taking a closer look at COVID-19, the human coronavirus impacting our lives around the globe and comparing it to the swine viruses we are all familiar with. How does it compare? What can we learn?

Article originally written for pig333.com and in Spanish on the 3tres3 website.

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Antimicrobial resistance in swine respiratory bacterial pathogens in the USA

On this Monday morning, we would like to share with you this article published in Research in Veterinary Science by PhD-candidate Shivdeep Hayer advised by Dr. Julio Alvarez. The peer-reviewed publication is a summary of antimicrobial resistances (AMR) in swine respiratory isolates between 2006 and 2016.

Highlights

  • AMR data for bacterial swine pathogens associated with Swine Respiratory Disease Complex are lacking
  • AMR data on swine bacterial pathogens collected over 11 years in the U.S.A was analyzed for changes in AMR prevalence
  • AMR in S. suis and P. multocida isolates mostly remained low
  • There were statistically significant changes in AMR in A. suis and H. parasuis
  • Use of surrogate breakpoints can lead to different AMR estimates for certain bacteria
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