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 Disease Information

Animal diseases found in swine vary in virulence, ease of transmission, mode of transmission, and host affinity. Diseases of concern are highly contagious diseases that cause significant morbidity or mortality. Animal diseases of concern are commonly categorized in the following manner.


Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome



  • The Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) is the viral infection with the highest economical impact in North America and many European countries. 
  • The virus causes reproductive problems and affects the respiratory system.
  • PRRS virus (PRRSV) is easily spread following direct contact and virus can be detected in saliva, urine, milk, colostrum, and feces of infected animals.
  • Vaccine use is common in breeding and finishing units.
  • Pork products are absolutely safe to eat. This disease is only infectious to swine and poses no threat to humans
Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome

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