Senecavirus A Webinar Series

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), in collaboration with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, the National Pork Board and the National Pork Producers Council, will hold a series of webinars on Senecavirus A (Seneca Valley Virus) for veterinary practitioners and pork producers, May 16, 18 and 20 at 4:00 PM CDT each day. Registration can be completed at any time but it is recommended to register early enough to enable downloading the webinar platform well before the webinar begins. One registration will cover any or all three webinars. It can be completed at SHIC’s website, www.swinehealth.org. Each webinar will be recorded and available for viewing.

The first one-hour webinar on May 16, “Here’s what we know about the virus and how to manage it,” will present results of SHIC’s and USDA’s 2015-16 research investment on the virus. Epidemiological investigations, virus transmission, sow and grow-finish shedding and a case example of a herd closure to eliminate the virus from the farm will be presented.

The one-hour, May 18 webinar, “An update on current diagnostic tools – capabilities and work still to be done,” will focus on SHIC’s and universities’ funded research on Senecavirus A diagnostics. The genetic diversity of the virus in the U.S. and an update about the virus in South America, interpreting PCR values as they correlate to virus isolation and the latest information about current and future serology tests will be presented.

The final one-hour webinar on May 20 will be, “Reporting vesicles and lesions – what to expect.” USDA and a state animal health official will present what practitioners and producers need to know about the state and federal government’s roles and responsibilities in investigating cases of vesicular disease. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center will describe the samples, testing and timeline needed to rule out Foot and Mouth Disease during an investigation.

A complete agenda is available online.

The mission of the Swine Health Information Center is to protect and enhance the health of the United States swine herd through coordinated global disease monitoring, targeted research investments that minimize the impact of future disease threats, and analysis of swine health data. For more information, visit www.swinehealth.org or contact Dr. Sundberg at psundberg@swinehealth.org.