animal disease

Antibiotics, What are the Concerns?


The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture fuels discussion based on few facts and much misinformation. Dispel many of those myths as you review these presentations from the National Institute for Animal Agriculture's 2011 Antibiotic Use In Food Animals, held October 26-27, 2011, Chicago, IL, USA.

How Can Animal Diseases Be Tracked?

bioportal disease tracking The UC Davis' Disease BioPortal is a realtime disease surveillance suite that can help researchers understand and track the issues around human and animal disease outbreaks.
The dynamics that foster disease emergence and transmission world-wide continue to expand in complexity and scope, thus creating unprecedented new challenges to solving local, regional, and global problems of animal and human health and to mitigating their social, economic, and political consequences.

Howard Magwire - Industry Perspectives on the New FDA Final Egg Safety Rule


Industry Perspectives on the New FDA Final Egg Safety Rule: Lessons learned in the 2010 egg recalls and tracebacks - Howard Magwire, Vice President, Government Relations for the United Egg Producers and the United Egg Association, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Dr. Tony Forshey - The State’s Perspectives: Implementing the new FDA Final Egg Safety Rule


The State’s Perspectives: Transitioning producers from the Voluntary State Egg Quality Assurance Program to the implementation of the new FDA Final Egg Safety Rule - Dr. Tony Forshey, State Veterinarian, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Industry, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Dr. Hailu Kinde - Laboratory Perspectives: Compliance With FDA Final Egg Safety Rule


Laboratory Perspectives: Laboratory support for the egg industry in meeting its needs in the compliance of the new FDA Final Egg Safety Rule - Dr. Hailu Kinde, Professor and Branch Chief, California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory, San Bernardino Branch, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California-Davis, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

Dr. Jeremy Pittman - Swine Dysentery Re-emergence


Swine Dysentery Re-emergence - Dr. Jeremy Pittman, Staff Veterinarian, Murphy-Brown, LLC, from the 2011 Annual Conference of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, April 11 - 14, San Antonio, TX USA.

How do Swine Diseases Spread?

Dr. Maria Celia Antognoli, USDA National Surveillance Unit, presents research and processes that can help understand how swine diseases spread. From the 2010 International PRRS Symposium, December 3 - 4, 2010, Chicago, IL, USA.

Animal Antimicrobial Data Misrepresented By UCS

The FDA released the 2009 report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals. The reports lists all the antimicrobial drugs and drug classes approved for use in food producing animals, plus 2009 sales and distribution data reported by drug class. The report does not offer any analysis, observation, or subjective opinion on the effects of antimicrobials in animals.

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) issued a news release using the data to support its assertion that antimicrobial use in food animals is too widespread and poses risks to human health by undermining the effectiveness of the drugs.
While UCS claimed the amount of microbials used for farm animals was about eight times more than the three million pound doctors prescribed that year for human medical purposes, [Dave] Warner [National Pork Producers Council] pointed out the FDA data referred to pounds sold, not pounds used, so such comparison data does not exist.
“Despite the fact that the FDA report lacks the data, groups opposed to modern livestock production continue to peddle junk science on the percentage of antibiotics used for ‘non-therapeutic’ reasons, which include prevention and control of diseases, and to make comparisons of antibiotics used in food animals with those used in humans,” Warner added.
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