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White House Issues Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

September 24, 2014 — Harry Snelson

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to the President, Combating Antibiotic Resistance. The report was released simultaneously with a National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria as well as with a Presidential Executive Order, emphasizing to the Nation the importance of addressing this growing challenge. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimates that annually at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States alone.

The Executive Order states that “detecting, preventing, and controlling antibiotic resistance requires a strategic, coordinated, and sustained effort. It also depends on the engagement of governments, academia, industry, healthcare providers, the general public, and the agricultural community, as well as international partners. Success in this effort will require significant efforts to: minimize the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; preserve the efficacy of new and existing antibacterial drugs; advance research to develop improved methods for combating antibiotic resistance and conducting antibiotic stewardship; strengthen surveillance efforts in public health and agriculture; develop and promote the use of new, rapid diagnostic technologies; accelerate scientific research and facilitate the development of new antibacterial drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other novel therapeutics; maximize the dissemination of the most up-to-date information on the appropriate and proper use of antibiotics to the general public and healthcare providers; work with the pharmaceutical industry to include information on the proper use of over-the-counter and prescription antibiotic medications for humans and animals; and improve international collaboration and capabilities for prevention, surveillance, stewardship, basic research, and drug and diagnostics development.”

The National Pork Producers Council issued a statement agreeing with the President’s actions by acknowledging that “more epidemiological research is needed to understand the key drivers of increased antibiotic resistance.”

PEDV: Assessing Biosecurity in the Feed Supply Chain – UMN ADVET-S Course

September 24, 2014 —

The University of Minnesota’s ADVET-S program is offering a course on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus “Assessing Biosecurity in the Swine Feed Supply Chain” which will be held October 6 -19, 2014. This course will be conducted by faculty from the University of Minnesota including Dr. Peter Davies, Dr. Tim Snider, and Dr. Montserrat Torremorell. As well, Dr Laura Greiner (Carthage), Dr Joel Nerem (Pipestone), and Dr Cassandra Jones (KSU) will share their perspectives as swine professionals focusing on feed biosecurity. Webinar dates for the course are Tuesday October 7th 6:30 am – 7:30 am CST and Tuesday October 14th 6:30 am – 7:30 am CST, as well as an interactive conference call discussion on Thursday October 9th 6:30 am – 7:30 am CST. Continuing education credits will be available. For more information on the course and to register please go to .

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv)

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(Last updated: 09/18/2014)

Disease update:

Number of New Cases Reported — Weekly aggregate update of new cases. The USDA’s National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) reports 68 positive accessions out of 759 tested at 9 veterinary diagnostic labs for the week ending 9/13/14. There are currently 31 states with at least one confirmed positive case of PEDV. This report also includes information on cases submitted for porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV) as well. Last updated: 09/18/14 for the week of 09/06/14..

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