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SHIC funds global swine disease surveillance system

Having a systemic way to identify the hazards of new or emerging diseases from across the globe will help the U.S. industry to detect foreign pathogens early on or prevent the introduction of them.

Source: Swine Health Information Center
The Swine Health Information Center has funded a near real-time global surveillance system for swine diseases. The project, conducted at the University of Minnesota, will look at a private-public-academic partnership to support the system. The project will provide valuable information to U.S. producers and their veterinarians, a key priority for SHIC.

The study process will include identification of potential hazards, screening steps evaluating data collected and consistent reporting. SHIC and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health will be collaborating on the project.

The U.S. swine industry is free of several swine diseases now being identified in different countries throughout the world. Having a systemic way to identify the hazards of new or emerging diseases from across the globe will help the U.S. industry to detect foreign pathogens early on or prevent the introduction of them.

For more information on SHIC and its mission, contact Paul Sundberg, SHIC executive director.

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