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Pork Checkoff Publishes New PRRS Initiative Research Book

7 June 2017, at 6:00am

US - The National Pork Board’s new porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) virus research booklet is now available.

The guide, PRRS Initiative Research, is the most comprehensive source of Checkoff-funded research available on the subject, spanning 20 years of results.

“Each year, the effect of PRRS is felt on pig farms across the country, and it has a $664 million annual impact on the US pork industry,” said David Pyburn, DVM, senior vice president of science and technology, National Pork Board.

“The Pork Checkoff has consistently invested in swine science and PRRS research, and the result is a guide that will provide value to understanding PRRS in an effort to address its impact.”

The updated and expanded 2017 edition contains Checkoff-funded PRRS research from 1997 to 2016, which can help producers, swine veterinarians and researchers learn more about how to control the costly virus. The guide has six sections including:

  • Immunology, virology and pathogenesis
  • Vaccine development
  • Epidemiology, risk factors and control strategies
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Surveillance and elimination strategies
  • Genetic resistance

Further Reading

You can view the PRRS Initiative Research (1997-2016) by clicking here.

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