Highlights of flu-management strategies meeting now available
Influenza A virus (IAV-S) continues to be thorn in the side of the US swine industry, costing producers an average $10.31 per marketing pig.1
In a special report from Pig Health Today, “Integrated Flu Management: New Strategies for Control,” experts in IAV-S shared their thoughts on tackling the virus as well as the management strategies that need to be adopted as the virus evolves.
Brought together during a special Zoetis roundtable, immunology specialists and swine veterinarians reviewed the latest prevalence data, shared field experiences and learned about innovative approaches being used to control viruses in other food-animal species.
It’s all about immunity
Hoping to help the pork industry develop new strategies for control, Zoetis brought together immunology specialists and swine veterinarians for a one-day meeting to review the latest prevalence data, share field experiences and learn about innovative approaches being used to control viruses in other food-animal species.
The highlights from those presentations and a roundtable discussion are presented in this 38-page booklet. Articles include:
- Inﬂuenza A virus remains costly challenge for US pork industry (Marie Culhane, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota) An overview of IAV-S and why it is becoming increasingly difficult to control
- Immunity, and understanding how to manage it, remains the ‘big frontier’ in disease protection (Victor Cortese, DVM, PhD, veterinary consultant) Immunity and understanding how to manage it
- Eight ways to boost immunity in livestock (Cortese)
- How Prime Boost works in other species (Greg Edwards, DVM, veterinary consultant)
- Influenza roundtable: Taking control programs to the next level in sows and pigs (all participants)
- Preventing flu transmission from humans to pigs (all participants)
“Clearly, there is no ‘silver bullet’ to stop this virus,” said Micah Jansen, DVM, Veterinary Manager for US Pork, Zoetis. “Successful control programs therefore require a strategic, integrated approach with all available tools, and new strategies as explained in this booklet show promise.”
1 Donovan TS. Influenza isolate selection methodology for timely autogenous vaccine use. In Proceedings: Amer Assoc Swine Vet Conf 2008;557-561.