Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Swine Disease Eradication Center (SDEC) have compiled a manual with protocols to prevent the spread of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) virus, the website of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) reports.
The manual, to be found here, provides a summary of data from experiments conducted at the SDEC. These studies were specifically designed to identify the routes of PRRSV transmission and to develop biosecurity protocols to reduce this risk.
The overall objectives of the research project are:
* To assess the efficacy of three levels of biosecurity (high, medium, low) on reducing the risk of PRSR virus introductions to naïve pig populations,
* To evaluate the role of season and animal flow on the local spread of PRRS virus,
* To estimate the frequency and significance of known routes of PRRS virus transmission, and
* To compile a bilingual PRRS virus biosecurity manual summarising routes, intervention, and monitoring protocols for use on commercial farms.
The manual has been compiled by Andrea Pitkin, Satoshi Otake and Scott Dee.
In 2008, Professor Dee spoke at the IPVS congress in Durban, South Africa about his PRRS research. A more detailed discussion of his research was published in Pig Progress 24.09, and can be found here.