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Construct Solution Options

When a swine disease strikes, you want helpful information immediately. Fortunately, there’s SOURCE, a systematic approach to disease control, prevention and management using a step-by-step process developed by Boehringer Ingelheim.

In addition to reporting PED, pig farms with the virus must work with a veterinarian to develop and implement a management plan to further prevent the spread of the virus. This is the fifth step in the SOURCE process – “construct solution options.”

Work closely with your veterinarian once the status of the herd is determined, and develop a variety of options that will help meet your goal, whether that is to eliminate, diminish or prevent PED.

Eliminate

Boehringer Ingelheim has developed a technical bulletin that outlines steps to take that will eliminate the PED virus on the farm, including:

  • Collect samples and confirm which animals or barn are infected with PED.
  • Consider weaning and moving all pigs older than 10 days of age off-site to eliminate additional infections.
  • If possible, close the farm to new introductions to completely eliminate the virus and its potential to spread.
  • Begin a program to homogenize the immunity within the entire population. Leave the virus no place to spread.
  • Consider using vaccinations to aid in the management of PED, or begin feedback of infection material to develop resistance.
  • You may need to thoroughly clean and disinfect animals, buildings, equipment, materials, vehicles, clothing, footwear and any other items that are used on the farm.
  • Work with your herd veterinarian to establish a testing protocol to ensure successful virus elimination.

Diminish

  • Collect samples and confirm which animals or barns are infected with PED.
  • Consider weaning and moving all pigs older than 10 days of age off-site to eliminate additional infections.
  • Consider using vaccinations to further diminish the spread of the PED virus, or begin feedback of infection material to develop resistance.
  • You may need to thoroughly clean and disinfect animals, buildings, equipment, materials, vehicles, clothing, footwear and any other items that are used on the farm.
  • Work with your herd veterinarian to establish a testing protocol to ensure consistent immunity of replacement females.
  • Work closely with your veterinarian to develop a PED management herd plan.
  • Consider using vaccinations to further prevent the spread of PEDv.
  • You may want to expand biosecurity protocols to ensure the virus does not spread further or become reintroduced to the farm. Talk to your herd veterinarian for more information.

Prevent

Work closely with your veterinarian to develop a PED management herd plan. Consider developing and implementing strict biosecurity protocols for your farm, farm personnel and other farm visitors to reduce the risk of introducing the virus to your farm.

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