Swine Health Information Center details progress and successes in 2021

Surveillance and mitigation of swine health risks. Improve information on pig health. Conduct pork industry awareness activities. Surveillance and discovery of emerging swine diseases. Preparation and response. The Swine Health Information Center presented its 2021 progress report to the National Pork Council in January 2022, detailing highlights and successes of the work done in 2021.

SHIC’s 2021 Progress Report provides an in-depth look at the work being done to meet the Center’s mission to protect and improve the health of America’s swine herd through coordinated global disease surveillance, investments targeted research that minimizes the impact of future disease threats and analysis of pigs. health data. Launched in 2015 solely with funding from Pork Checkoff, in 2021 the National Pork Board’s Board of Directors voted to provide $15 million to fund SHIC’s work through 2027.

Governed by an independent Board of Directors, SHIC’s activities, reach and impact grow every year. The Monitoring and Analysis Working Group and the SHIC Preparedness and Response Working Group continue to provide program oversight and decision-making. Each is actively meeting via conference calls to achieve their respective goals. In 2021, the NPB agreed to continue the work with an additional six years of funding and the SHIC Board voted to hire an Associate Director who will work with Executive Director Paul Sundberg, DVM, PhD, DACVPM, to guide Center projects. This position will be filled in early 2022.

In addition to reporting on the results of individual research and other projects to satisfy the 2021 work plan, the 2021 progress report also gives details of SHIC’s programs. SHIC’s Global Swine Disease Surveillance Report provides near real-time information on disease occurrence and movement internationally, a particularly valuable resource for African swine fever surveillance. The Swine Disease Reporting System provides information on the movement and occurrence of prevalent domestic swine diseases based on data from veterinary diagnostic laboratories.

SHIC’s rapid response program is designed for epidemiological investigations of transboundary or emerging swine diseases to help investigate potential occurrences of emerging diseases. In cases of high morbidity/high mortality, when an etiology is not identified or there is a strong suspicion that the identified pathogen is not the likely cause of the outbreak, additional diagnostic work may be needed. In these cases, covering the cost of additional diagnostic work can help identify newly introduced or emerging swine diseases. SHIC provides funding for additional diagnostic testing in approved cases. The SHIC-funded Morrison Swine Health Surveillance Project continues to monitor trends in pathogen incidence and prevalence.

SHIC is funded by America’s pork producers to fulfill its mission of protecting and improving the health of America’s hog herd. For more information, visit the SHIC website or contact Sundberg at [email protected].

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