African swine fever

October 3, 2019
On September 20, 2019, the Japanese government said it will shift its policy and allow the vaccination of domestic pigs to try to curve the spread of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in the country. The virus re-emerged in September 2018 after 26 years of the country being considered free of the disease.
September 10, 2019
Several state health departments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. The multidrug resistant outbreak strains include Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen. 143 people were infected in 35 states, including Minnesota, and investigators linked the infection to pig ear dog treats.
September 3, 2019
A new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report says Minnesota must cut the sediment levels in the Minnesota River by half, a 25-year undertaking with an an estimated $360 million cost to stakeholders. The high sediment levels are suffocating fish, killing vegetation, and are the bulk of the sediment pollution flowing into the Mississippi.
August 13, 2019
Hepatitis A outbreaks have been occurring nationwide since 2016 affecting 23,000 people and causing 233 deaths. Since May, Minnesota has had an increased number of cases and, now, an official outbreak has been declared affecting nine counties. About 57% (13/23) of the reported cases have required hospitalization.
July 2, 2019
Letters were sent last week to over 16,000 Minnesota doctors, dentists, and other health care professionals who had prescribed opioids to at least one Medicaid or MinnesotaCare program patient in 2018. The letters let the prescribers know how many opioids they gave patients compared to their peers in terms of opioids prescribed.
June 25, 2019
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed on Friday that they had captured a bighead carp, two silver carp, and detected a third tagged silver carp over the past few weeks in the Misissippi River in the southern part of the state.
May 14, 2019
The Iowa state veterinarian confirmed the discovery of multiple cases of canine brucellosis at a dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, last week. The animals and the facilities are currently under quarantine.
May 8, 2019
Dr. Petra Muellner, Director of Epi-interactive (New Zealand) and Dr. Fedor Korennoy, Research Scientist at the Federal Center for Animal Health (Russia), will speak at the next Hueston Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 29, 2019.
May 7, 2019
The University of Minnesota and Dave Wright, DVM, produced a series of short videos to assist veterinarians and producers to identify and prepare for the possible introduction of Foreign Animal Disease (FAD). The goal of the videos are to supplement material provided by the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) website.
March 21, 2019
Since China initially reported its first case of African swine fever (ASF) in August 2018, 28 of the 32 administrative areas in the country have now reported incidences of ASF. Despite the authorities efforts to control the spread of the disease, there has been an average of three new provinces per month reporting outbreaks of ASF.

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