National Pork Board extends SHIC project for two more years

African swine fever required significant resources, however, SHIC has remained faithful to its mission to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd.


Source: Swine Health Information Center

via National Hog Farmer - Jan 10, 2020


When the Swine Health Information Center was formed July 1, 2015, it was with the understanding it was a five-year project. The proposal language surrounding the Center's formation stated, "Funding of the Center past its five-year life will depend on it being able to demonstrate a sufficient return on the investment to justify keeping it running." Following presentation and approval of SHIC's 2019 Progress Report on Jan. 7, 2020, the National Pork Board board of directors voted to extend the project for two more years, using SHIC's existing funds. NPB also agreed to continued consideration of future funding and coordination beyond the two-year extension.


In the 2019 report, it is clear African swine fever required significant resources, however, SHIC remained faithful to its mission to protect the health of the U.S. swine herd through comprehensive preparedness, monitoring, response and communications activities. The 2019 Progress Report details progress in each of these areas.


Preparedness activities on behalf of U.S. swine herd health


·         Developed the Diagnostic Assay Catalog which includes polymerase chain reaction assays and enzyme linked immunosorbent assays for detection of emerging disease and made available to all diagnostic labs

·         Developed PCR and ELISA tools now widely available to labs in the U.S.

·         Researched priority pathogens porcine circovirus 3, foot-and-mouth disease, and ASF

·         Administered USDA-Foreign Ag Service grant to fund the analysis of Vietnamese field oral fluid samples

·         International transportation biosecurity practices of four cooperating U.S. breeding stock companies were analyzed

·         Due to a Senecavirus A outbreak in Brazil, investigated the possibility a Brazilian feed mill and/or its ingredients could be a source of the pathogen's transmission


Monitoring swine disease transmission vectors


·         SHIC and the NPB co-funded a project analyzing the risk of ASF and classical swine fever being introduced into the U.S. through prohibited swine products by air passengers

·         Joined with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, National Pork Producers Council and NPB to meet multiple times with the Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection during 2019 to voice concerns about the lack of secondary screening of travelers after declaring contact with foreign farms or animals relating to ASF and FAD threats


Improving transport biosecurity domestically ...


Investigating common inputs as vectors for disease introduction  ...


Improving swine health information ...


Surveillance and discovery of emerging disease ...


Responding to emerging disease ...


African swine fever ...


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