Emerging Diseases in the Swine Industry

The increasing demand for animal protein and the rapidly growing markets in Latin America and Asia are driving an increase in the production and trade of food animals globally. Many experts believe that these conditions will increase the risk of pandemics, the emergence of diseases in new locations and the development of novel genetic forms of existing pathogens. West Nile virus in European horses, Bluetongue and Schmallenberg viruses in production animals, and a novel strain of Escherichia coli O104:H4 bacteria in the food chain in Germany last year, are perhaps examples of this theory in practice.
calendar icon 27 November 2012
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