Vesicular Diseases Update
Two vesicular diseases are gaining momentum in the USA right now. both are of concern because they mimic Foot and Mouth Disease, which is a foreigh animal disease and would result in severe restrictions and hardships on the US Livestock industry.
Boar Semen Preservation Conference Highlights
Dr. Darwin Reicks shares his notes from the VIII International Conference on Boar Semen Preservation.
Seneca Valley Virus - What You Need to Know
Seneca Valley Virus (Senecavirus A or SVV) may be a new viral agent that is unfamiliar to many US producers. A recent case in the Midwestern US occurred in a group of grow finish pigs during marketing which fueled a lot of discussion in the industry. The greatest concern with this virus is that it clinically resembles other vesicular diseases of swine such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Swine Vesicular Disease (SVD), Swine Vesicular Exanthema and Vesicular Stomatitis. SVV is actually in the same family of viruses as those that cause FMD and SVD. The common lesions described are vesicles (blisters) on the snout and/or on the coronary band of the hoof (shown below).