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Be Sure Influenza Won't Impact Your Business

Swine Influenza Virus is Costly

Ever-shifting IAV-S virus continues to cause respiratory problems and decrease profitability in U.S. swine herds.

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Estimated at $3.23 to $10.31/pig1,2

Morbidity can reach 100% in the at-risk population, although mortality is generally low3

Pigs exhibit reduced performance due to anorexia and fever3

Medications to control secondary infections add cost to production4,5

1 of the Top 3 Respiratory Health Challenges

In a survey of 19 herds,6 IAV-S is ranked as 1 of the top 3 respiratory health challenges in terms of productivity losses and frequency of appearance.7,8

How IAV-S ranked as a health challenge in the surveyed herds in different stages of production:7,8

  • Breeding herds — Top health challenge
  • Nurseries — Third-highest health challenge
  • Finishers — Second-highest health challenge

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  3. Corzo CA, Gramer M, Kuhn M, et al. Observations regarding influenza A virus shedding in a swine breeding farm after mass vaccination. J Swine Health Prod. 2012;20(6):283-289.
  4. Torremorell M. What should we do about flu?, in Proceedings. Allen D. Leman Swine Conf 2011;27-31.
  5. Howden KJ, Brockhoff EJ, Caya FD, et al. An investigation into human pandemic influenza virus (H1N1) 2009 on an Alberta swine farm. Can Vet J. 2009;50(11):1153-1161.
  6. US Department of Agriculture. Highlights of Swine 2006 Part IV: Changes in the U.S. Pork Industry, 1990-2006. Fort Collins, CO: USDA-APHIS-VS, CEAH; 2008. N539.1208.
  7. Haden CD, Painter T, Fangman T, Holtkamp D. Assessing production parameters and economic impact of swine influenza, PRRS and Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae on finishing pigs in a large production system, in Proceedings. Amer Assoc Swine Vet Annu Meet 2012;75-76.
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