Less Invasive Diagnostic Sampling Using Oral Fluids To Be Main Topic of Special Seminar at ESPHM Congress

ITALY - A free, educational seminar about the benefits of collecting and testing oral fluids for diseases in swine will be held just before the 2014 European Symposium of Porcine Health Management (ESPHM).
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Attendees will learn how to use this new, user-friendly sampling tool and gain meaningful understanding of test results. Attendees also will be encouraged to share their experiences with oral fluids sampling and prognostic profiling of swine herds for PRRS, SIV and PCV2.

Infectious disease continues to be the biggest cause of economic loss for swine farmers, monitoring diseases in populations using individual samples can be cumbersome and costly. A better understanding of disease status, thanks to new diagnostic tests based on molecular technology, has brought a significant shift in the way diagnostics are being used by livestock farmers to increase their financial benefits.

Oral fluid sampling in combination with molecular technology is able to detect infections before clinical signs have developed, giving buyers an opportunity to screen new additions to their herds and thus enhance biosecurity. It also has provided an effective way of identifying and removing those animals with persistent, sub-clinical infections which continue to infect other members of the herd or flock, while enabling veterinarians to better target deployment of control measures.

The free seminar will be held 7 May from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Boardroom 3 in the Hilton Sorrento Palace, the same hotel hosting ESPHM. The seminar will be hosted by Life Technologies, a Thermo Fisher Scientific brand.

Attendees can register here to secure a seat for the oral fluids seminar. The workshop is free of charge, but registration is required.

For more information about swine diagnostics, click here or connect to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Swine Resource Center.

Michael Priestley

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