Premises Identification Numbers (PIN) are required to accompany diagnostic samples for swine enteric coronavirus disease (SECD) testing. This stipulation is part of a Federal Order as of June 5. Also, beginning Dec. 15, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will no longer pay for SECD submissions without a valid PIN. Laboratories will charge the person who submitted the samples to be tested if no PIN accompanies the sample submission.
Samples submitted with a valid PIN have increased over the past few months, over 75% today versus only 10% in June. However, significant federal and state authority resources, as well as practitioners’ time, is being spent researching location information for submissions lacking a valid PIN. The Federal Order also requires the inclusion of the date of sample collection and the type of unit being sampled (sow, nursery, finisher) at the time of sample submission. This data is critical for monitoring the potential increase in SECD cases through the coming winter months.
The USDA will pay for diagnostic testing to support the initial diagnosis of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)and porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) in swine herds and to support the monitoring and management plans of herds meeting the USDA’s case definition, regardless of the test result (positive and negative results). These samples may include individual animal samples or environmental samples which are linked to specific farm sites and live pigs. Samples submitted from truck washes, trucks, trailers, other transport vehicles, feed, feed mills and other non-farm site samples including those submitted for research purposes will not be paid for by the USDA.
Approved sample types submitted for PEDV and PDCoV polymerase chain reaction testing eligible for reimbursement include:
- Fecal swabs
- Oral fluids
- Environmental Samples (specifically associated with a farm site and live pigs)
Contact your National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratory for more information on what PEDV and PDCoV diagnostic assays are reimbursable by the USDA as well as for submission procedures for PEDV and/or PDCoV PCR testing. The local Veterinary Services district offices and NAHLN program office (NAHLN@aphis.usda.gov) are also able to answer specific questions you might have.