SHIC to begin U.S. swine disease monitoring system

Data will be analyzed to describe disease activity by major pathogen and/or by clinical syndrome.

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) is supporting a near real-time domestic swine disease monitoring system that will generate information useful for economic and animal health decision-making.

Data will be analyzed to describe disease activity by major pathogen and/or by clinical syndrome, documenting disease activity (presence, incidence, etc.) with respect to geography while maintaining appropriate producer confidentiality.

As a joint project between Iowa State University and the University of Minnesota, this new near real-time domestic monitoring system will:

* Allow for the identification and characterization of domestic emerging or endemic disease trends;

* Assist in quantification of the economic impact of disease in specific regions, and

* Aid the progress of regional disease control programs.

Field veterinarians and producers will benefit from the outcomes of this system. Information in the system will be based on existing veterinary diagnostic laboratory (VDL) data and will flow through SHIC to the industry on a regular schedule, beginning in late 2017.

In aggregating data while respecting confidentiality and producer anonymity, the system will ensure data quality and integrity for optimum reporting. Frequent major detections of major pathogens will be reported by age group, sample type and region. Other pathogens will be grouped into predefined categories and also reported by age group, sample type and region.

To implement large-scale infectious disease control and management projects, precise, science-based information is required. By funding this project, SHIC said it is leading the industry toward better swine health information and positively affecting the long-term sustainability of pork production. The near real-time information on swine disease made available by this system will enable better, faster and more effective response to endemic or foreign infectious diseases.

Funded by America’s pork producers to protect and enhance the health of the U.S. swine herd, SHIC focuses its efforts on prevention, preparedness and response. As a conduit of information and research, SHIC encourages the sharing of its publications and research for the benefit of swine health.

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