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Editorial: Global Monitoring of the H1N1 Flu Situation

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) stated last week that it is closely monitoring the world animal health situation with regard to infections of all susceptible animals with the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus.

OIE says that regular reports of countries notifying the presence of the pandemic H1N1 2009 flu virus in animals to the OIE show disease surveillance in animals and reporting mechanisms are functioning well, and that the vast majority of OIE Member Countries act in full transparency with the international community.

So far, no evidence has suggested that animals play any particular role in the epidemiology or the spread of the pandemic H1N1 2009 virus among humans. In fact, investigations point to possible human–to–animal transmission in most cases.

Laboratories in the OFFLU network (OIE-FAO joint network of expertise on animal influenza) across the world have been sharing biological material and information. So far, at least, infected pigs have shown only mild signs of disease. Nevertheless, OIE encourages continued surveillance and reporting of the presence of all epidemiological events of significance in animals due to flu viruses.

The OIE statement was brought into sharp focus as reports were received in the last week of outbreaks of H1N1 flu in commercial pig herds in the US state of Indiana and in Taiwan, and two pork samples taken at a Hong Kong slaughterhouse tested positive for the human form of the H1N1 flu virus.

Jackie Linden



* This Week's Feature Articles

We have 5 new features this week:

Environmental Issues Control Slaughter Production
When the Danish Crown slaughterhouse in Horsens opened its doors in May 2005, it was not only one of the largest and most modern meat processing plants in the world, but also one of the most environmentally friendly, writes TheMeatSite, senior editor Chris Harris.
Competing in the International Pork Market
Jeff Kucharski of the Alberta Livestock & Meat Agency (ALMA) explained the background and functions of the Agency to participants at the Banff Pork Seminar 2009.
Canadian Hog Statistics - Third Quarter 2009
Canadian producers had 7.1 per cent fewer pigs on farm on 1 October 2009 than a year previously, and the breeding herd was down 4.4 per cent, according to the latest quarterly report from Statistics Canada. Over the quarter, the number of pigs exported from Canada dropped by more than 27 per cent compared to the same period in 2008.
Marketing Impacts Your Farm Business Success
Stay ahead of the curve to anticipate and prepare for marketplace changes, advises John Bancroft, Market Strategies Program Lead for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in the latest Pork News & Views.
Advantages of Organic Acids for Feed and Feed Raw Materials
Renata Urbaityte, Technical Manager for Biomin Holding, explains how a blend of organic acids can affect diet pH and its buffering capacity to maintain the health and improve the performance of pigs.
Novartis Animal Health
* Company News

Boehringer Ingelheim Adds Vets to Swine Division
US - Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., (BIVI) announced the following additions to the technical resources and professional services veterinarian teams of its swine division.
New Merck Company Begins Operations
US - Merck has outlined its global plans following the completion of Merck's merger with Schering-Plough Corporation announced this week. Raul E. Kohan has been named president of the Animal Health division.
New Assignment for 'Virtual Walk the Pens'
US - The new assignment for Pfizer Animal Health's 'Virtual Walk the Pens' simulator has just been released. In this sixth scenario, the virtual co-worker has noticed pigs are coughing in increasing numbers. Players must must find out why!
Denis Okhrimenko New Manager for TOPIGS in Russia
RUSSIA - TOPIGS has appointed Denis Okhrimenko as manager of TOPIGS CIS in Russia from 1 December 2009.
New Hungarian Pig Farm Uses Nedap Velos ESF
HUNGARY - In early October of 2009, Nedap dealer Firma Bräuer from Austria completed a new pig farm in western Hungary. The farm, set up for 1200 productive sows, will be housing the gestating sows in large groups.
Maxgro Has Arrived in US
US - MaxgroTM, the new terminal sire line from Hermitage NGT, has just arrived in the United States.
VIV Europe 2010 Returns to its Roots in Utrecht
NETHERLANDS - VIV Europe 2010 will take place on 20 to 22 April 2010 in the Jaarbeurs at Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Alphamune G - Shielding, Earning
* Global Pig Industry News

   United States

 » Test Maize for Moulds Before Feeding, Urge Experts
 » CME: Another Tough Month for Meat, Poultry Sectors
 » AMS Administrator to Meet with National Pork Board
 » Weekly Outlook: Harvest to Accelerate
 » Market Preview: Pressures Ease Just a Little
 » Weekly Roberts Report
 » Pork Gets Support During National Pork Month
 » Quick Recovery of US Pork Exports to Mexico
 » OIE Reports New Outbreak of H1N1 Flu in Indiana
 » CME: Voters Approve State Issue 2 in Ohio
 » CME: H1N1 Outbreak in Indiana No Surprise
 » AFBF Congratulates Ohio and Texas on Victories
 » Light Test-Weight Corn Viable Option for Producers
 » CME: Pork Demand Index Higher Than Last Year

   Russian Federation

 » Russia's Pigs under Threat from ASF, Says Minister
 » ASF Recurs in Southern Russia
 » Cherkizovo Pork and Poultry Prices Rise

   Canada

 » Transport to Slaughterhouse on Welfare Agenda
 » Hog Farm Transition Program Tendering Goes On
 » Antibiotic Resistance Among Bacteria a Concern
 » Increased Access to AgriStability Applauded
 » New Alternative for Liquid Manure Application
 » Hog Market Profitability Projected Mid-2010
 » Research Demonstrates Feasibility of Pocket Injection
 » New Agri Minister to Meet with Leaders and Farmers
 » CPC Urges Action on Canada-Columbia FTA
 » Cull Breeding Swine Participants Comply with Programe
 » Pork Commentary: US and Canada Inventory Walking the Pens
   European Union

 » Monsanto Welcomes EU Approval of its GM Maize
 » EU Pig Prices: Inconsistency Throughout Europe
 » Guidance Document on Pig Protection Endorsed

   New Zealand

 » Boycott of Non-free Range Pork Urged

   General

 » First Draft: Researchers Sequence Swine Genome
 » Ridley Hit by Falling Demand for Feed
 » OIE Monitors Global Pandemic H1N1 2009 Situation
 » H1N1 in Animals Not Cause for Trade Restrictions

   Australia

 » Pork CRC Publishes Annual Report

   Netherlands

 » Nutreco's Q3 Results in Line with Expectations

   Finland

 » Finnish Pork Producers Worried by H1N1 Flu
 » Recession Hits Atria's Performance Titan Boar from JSR Genetics
   United Kingdom

 » Spotlight on Pig Health in the East
 » VLA: Respiratory Disease Outbreak in Breeding Herd
 » Good News for British Pig Industry
 » Study to Bring Benefits to Meat Sector
 » NFUS Urges Participation in Carbon Footprint Study
 » Defra's New Guidelines to Reduce Salmonella in Feed
 » Future Funding of UK Meat Controls Review
 » Global Opportunity for Pig Industry People
 » Overview of Environmental Legislation for UK Pig Producers

   Ireland

 » Pork Scare Firm Offers €6.5m in Legal Row
 » Opportunities for Irish Pig Meat in Eastern Europe
 » Teagasc Pig Farmers’ Conference

   Philippines

 » Imports to Cover Pork, Chicken Shortage Likely
 » NMIS Accredits 19 Meat Plants in Cordillera Region

   Thailand

 » Livestock Production Trends in Asia to Be Discussed

   Hong Kong

 » Human H1N1 Flu Virus Found in Pork Samples

   Viet Nam

 » Pork with Anabolic Steroid Found in HCM City

   Denmark

 » Ensuring the Most Exposed Animals the Best Welfare
 » Fewer Co-op Members

   Taiwan

 » Influenza A/H1N1 Outbreak in Swine Confirmed
 » Pigs Recovering from H1N1 Virus Ingelvac PRRS KV is indicated for the control of Porcine Reproduction and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) in breeding sows and gilts.

That's all for this week!

Ed.
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