Farmscape for March 24, 2023
A new web site being developed by the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases will provide swine producers, veterinarians and researchers a comprehensive resource to help them be prepared in the event Japanese Encephalitis virus makes its way to North America.
To help improve U.S. preparedness for Japanese Encephalitis virus, a mosquito borne infection that affects water foul, pigs, people and other species, the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases at the University of Georgia with support from Swine Health Information Center is planning to launch a new JEV information sharing website.
Swine Health Information Center Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg notes a JEV outbreak that emerged in Australia in March 2022 caused an estimated six to 10 percent decrease in that nation's pork production and resulted in six human fatalities.
Clip-Dr. Paul Sundberg-Swine Health Information Center:
The web site that is being formed now is being supported by the Swine Health Information Center with Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases.
They are putting together a web site that will be a one stop shop for anything Japanese Encephalitis virus, epidemiology, diagnostics, vaccination, farm experiences, public health experiences, all about JEV in one spot.
We've gone out and surveyed Swine Health Information Center working groups and asked them, those producers, veterinarians, researchers, markets, allied industries, what they would like to see on the JEV information web site and we're putting that all together to make sure this is a comprehensive resource about JEV information with the objective of being able to give immediate outcomes, immediate information and immediate help should JEV get into the U.S.
The Swine Health Information Center will announce the launch of the new website once it is complete, expected within a few weeks.
For more visit swinehealth.org or Farmscape.Ca.
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