Research: Feed Can Move Viral Pathogens from Country to Country
November 4, 2016

Foreign animal diseases can enter the United States via feed imports from high-risk countries, according to new research ( from the Swine Health Information Center. Until recently, the industry wasn't sure whether pathogens moved through feed imports from high-risk regions, largely because little research had been conducted. But the research, conducted by Scott Dee at the Pipestone Applied Research, Pipestone Veterinary Services, South Dakota State University and Swine Health Information Center confirms suspicions.

"Via simulation, we've shown for the first time that viral pathogens can move from country to country through feed imports from countries of high risk to countries without the disease," Dee said in a news release. "For years, the veterinary community never considered feed a biosecurity risk, but now we know it is a risk."

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