Volume 73 | August 26, 2019
Incidence of BVD Persistently Infected Cattle Doubles
Animart LLC announced a doubling in the incidence rate of animals persistently infected (PI) with bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) this summer versus last summer, according to an announcement.
Over the months of June and July, Animart said its Animal Profiling International (API) diagnostic lab reported that 200 animals tested positive for PI BVD, compared to 100 in 2018. Of the 73,349 samples screened, the incidence rate was 0.27%, compared to 0.14% the prior year.

This new trend may indicate an important opportunity for producers to identify and remove PI BVD animals in an effort to improve herd health and profitability, the company explained.
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In the News
BRD Risk: Look at the Big Picture
Assessing the risk of cattle needing treatment for bovine respiratory disease (BRD) requires consideration of far more than exposure to pathogens. During the recent BRD symposium in Denver, Mississippi State University professor David Smith, DVM, PhD, noted that pathogens represent a “causal agent” in respiratory disease.
Philippines Investigates Pig Deaths for African Swine Fever
The Philippines is investigating a rise in pig deaths in some areas for the deadly African swine fever (ASF) virus, although no cases of the virus have been confirmed yet. A crisis management team was organized after the Philippines Bureau of Animal Industry reported an increased mortality of pigs “raised by farmers in their backyards.”
Understanding Cattle Nasal Microbes May Help Prevent Disease
New research led by academics in the veterinary and medical schools at the University of Bristol in the U.K. used the "One Health" approach to study three bacterial species in the noses of young cattle and found that the carriage of the bacteria was surprisingly different .
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