If you need to submit any diagnostic samples that you think may reveal porcine epidemic diarrhea virus or related swine enteric coronavirus diseases, you better hurry. The USDA’s Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Service will end reimbursement of the costs related to testing of samples for SECD, including PEDV, for samples received by participating diagnostic labs after April 30.
APHIS’ Veterinary Services, which began the reimbursement program in June 2014, says pork producers may continue to conduct diagnostic sampling after April 30, but it will not provide reimbursement for the testing. The agency will, however, be engaging in discussions with stakeholders to determine the future of the SECD program, including how SECD fits into the future of comprehensive and integrated swine surveillance and other swine health activities.
“Producers need to remember that SECD, including PEDV, remain reportable diseases, which means that producers, veterinarians and diagnostic laboratories are required to report all cases to their state veterinarian’s office or to USDA,” says Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research for the Pork Checkoff.
According to APHIS, the reporting of an SECD must contain the following:
- A premises identification number (PIN or alternate)
- Date the sample was collected
- Type of unit that was sampled (sow, nursery, finisher)
- Test methods used to make the diagnosis
- Diagnostic test results
For more information about changes to the USDA plan to address SECD and PEDV, visit the agency’s recent fact sheet. For information on Checkoff-funded PEDV research and resources, visit pork.org/PEDV.