Farmscape for May 18, 2018
The Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network reports Erysipelas, Rotavirus, Greasy Pig and Influenza were the main diseases identified by swine veterinarians during the first quarter of 2018.
To keep on top of emerging swine health issues the Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network collects swine health information from swine veterinarians in western Canada and reports that information back to veterinarians and producers.
CWSHIN Manager Dr. Jette Christensen says the first quarter report for 2018 is just now being completed.
Clip-Dr. Jette Christensen-Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network:
In the first quarter it's noticeable that Erysipelas is always out there in the background but, when farms quit vaccinating, it seems that the clinical signs start to flair up again so that's been noticed.
Being the first quarter of the year, there's been quite a few cold weeks and that might have been the trigger or affected the occurrence of Rotavirus and Greasy Pig , which both diseases we've seen a slight increase in the reporting of them.
Practitioners have reported that they saw an increase in the occurrence of Influenza and, at the same time, the laboratories have reported that there appears to be a bit of a shift in the strains that they've diagnosed.
Now the pandemic H1N1 seems to be popping up a little bit more again.
The source of this pandemic H1N1 is uncertain.
We can say for sure where it comes from.
Dr. Christensen notes certain strains of Influenza spread more easily than others and some strains spread more easily from people to pigs and from pigs to people.
She encourages swine barn workers to be vaccinated at the start of flu season and says any swine barn workers with any flu like symptoms should refrain from going into swine barns.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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