The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) staff has recently been involved in several Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) investigations involving finisher hogs and suspected Seneca Valley Virus (SVV). There is no way of visually differentiating between lesions caused by SVV or Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). Therefore, NDA staff has been conducting testing on all suspected cases to ensure FMD is not involved. Below are pictures of the lesions NDA staff have been seeing and testing recently.
With jackpot shows already started and county fairs just around the corner, NDA is reminding producers to not show or sell pigs with lesions of any kind (blisters, scabs, crust on coronary bands/snouts) to help control the spread of SVV. If producers notice any of these symptoms they should contact their local veterinarian immediately. NDA, along with USDA, provide free testing for potential FAD. NDA staff will arrive in a timely manner and work to get results within 48 hours. In cases where SVV is also suspected, duplicate samples may be taken at the owner’s expense
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It is important to note* - SVV is an emerging reportable disease, and therefore upon discovery, is required by statute to be reported to the State Veterinarian. If you have questions or need to report a suspected case, please contact the State Veterinarian’s office at 402-471-2351.