The Domestic Swine Disease Reporting System, funded by the Swine Health Information Center, shares information on endemic and emerging diseases affecting domestic pigs via monthly reports, dynamic online dashboards, SwineCast, LinkedIn, YouTube channel and podcasts. With the addition of influenza A virus data in April 2022, the 50th Monthly Report will now include the three most relevant porcine respiratory etiologies – IAV, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae. SDRS also includes data on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, porcine deltacoronavirus and transmissible gastroenteritis virus.
SDRS, developed in a collaborative project with data from Iowa State University, University of Minnesota, South Dakota State University, University of Kansas State and Ohio Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, is currently the only public source of swine health information from veterinary diagnostic laboratories. SDRS reports contain aggregated information from participating VDLs, providing data to help veterinarians and producers make informed decisions about disease prevention, detection and management.
After aggregating information from participating VDLs on all viruses monitored and summarizing the data, input from the SDRS Advisory Group, comprised of veterinarians and producers from the US swine industry, is included. The intention is to provide an interpretation of the observed data and summarize the implications for industry. The advisory group identified IAV, one of the major respiratory pathogens affecting the swine industry, as a reporting gap due to its role as part of the swine respiratory disease complex.
The SDRS team and participating VDLs have agreed with SHIC to provide additional funding for the integration of IAV data. Now an IAV information database is launched and progressing; information on influenza subtyping will also be incorporated into the report. Reports are published on the first Tuesday of every month on the SDRS website, sent to those who subscribe to reports (email subscription request here), and included in the SHIC newsletter (subscribe here). The website dashboard is updated daily, a real-time data source.
SDRS reports are the result of a VDL data standardization project supported by SHIC. The SDRS model describes the dynamics of disease detection by pathogen over time, specimen, age group, farm type and geographic space. The report provides benchmark comparison data, providing tools to detect trends, regionalization and understand how to respond to outbreaks. The SDRS is the only source of information on pathogens active in all phases of production, including the breeding and grow-finish segments. The SDRS team welcomes contributions to the report, which has continuously evolved based on industry and advisory group input since its launch in 2017.
SHIC, launched by the National Pork Board in 2015 solely with funding from Pork Checkoff, continues to focus its efforts on preventing, preparing for, and responding to new and emerging swine diseases to benefit swine health in the United States. SHIC is funded by America’s pork producers to fulfill its mission of protecting and improving the health of America’s hog herd.
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