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Space 2018 Revisited

Wednesday, 17. October 2018

The 32nd edition of SPACE was held from Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 September 2018 at Rennes Parc-Expo, in France.

In the aftermath of SPACE we give insight about the current situation in France regarding influenza in swine.

SPACE had high attendance, with 1,410 exhibitors from 42 different countries and more than 100,000 delegates from 121 countries around the world.

IDT took part in SPACE, with some of the outcomes published now on www.swine-influenza.com/space-2018/.

Swine Influenza can spread between pigs and people. The CDC has published information for people exposed to pigs, including people who enter the swine barns at agricultural fairs or people who raise pigs for show or farming, how to prevent the spread of the virus.
The information to prevent direct and indirect pathogen transmission is shown in an illustrative drawing.

Get the PDF on www.cdc.gov

In Michigan, USA, two people who had visited the Fowlerville Family Fair have been infected with the influenza A virus. Influenza A viruses had also been found in some pigs of the fair. The fair took place from 23th until 28th of July. On 27th of July several pigs in the fair were tested positive for influenza A virus.

Further laboratory tests are performed to clarify whether the Influenza A viruses which caused the infections of the pigs and sick persons are belonging to the same strain. In the meantime, additional visitors of the fair also suffered from flu-like symptoms. They were tested for the pathogen as well. Furthermore, anyone developing flu-like symptoms within 10 days after the visit of the fair should undergo a medical examination.

Montse Torremorell speaks about different alternatives that are being explored to obtain live animal samples at a reasonable cost.

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The European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM) is the world's largest scientific conference on pig health, which is held in different European cities every year. This year 1,562 veterinary swine specialists from different European and non-European countries met at this conference in Prague from the 3rd to the 5th of May 2017. IDT Biologika supported the symposium as gold sponsor and proudly presented the company and its products with a booth in a central position. By giving a lecture to the attendees and present 8 scientific posters, IDT underlined its expertise in fighting pig diseases. The Topic of the posters was vaccination against major pig diseases like influenza, edema disease and salmonella infection.

The theme of the booth was porcine influenza virus control, and offered an attractive meeting point for many veterinarians and opinion leaders from Europe, Asia and North America. The symposium and the central position of IDT allowed for intense discussions and exchange of experiences between the IDT experts and key opinion leaders focusing on IDT vaccines against influenza and pandemic influenza.

Pigs, people, and flu

Tuesday, 9. May 2017

Exhibition pigs should be isolated from herd mates and observed for clinical signs of influenza for at least seven days after an exhibition to prevent transmission to pigs that did not attend the fair.

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In the wake of the so-called “swine flu” a European surveillance program was carried out in 2013-2015: H1N1pdm is present in several European countries, and at particularly high prevalence in Britain and Ireland.

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The Ohio Department of Health Laboratory and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Laboratory report 18 cases of influenza A infections in humans that visited exhibits at agricultural fairs. The viruses tested positive for the variant H3N2v. Due to the risk of infection, people at high risk for influenza-associated complications should not be entering swine barns and fairs with live stock. To minimize transmission of viruses from infected pigs to visitors of agricultural fairs, the organizers should shorten the time swine are on the grounds, isolate ill pigs and keep a veterinarian at hand. Including this report, there have been 372 H3N2v virus infections across the United States since 2005.

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The reasons behind the vaccination against influenza virus on a group of fattenig units with recurrent respiratory clinical pictures that belong to an integrated production system are discussed. Impact on production parameters and economic results are also shown.

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In the United States, there are 17 genetic clades that have emerged and persisted following spillover events from non-swine (namely human) hosts and subsequent ecological and evolutionary processes.

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