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OMAFRA Works On New Surveillance

Provincial officals are working on a new surveillance testing project dealing with Senecavirus A, or SVA.

OMAFRA is working on it and the project aims to find out if Ontario swine farms have been exposed to SVA, an emerging virus in swine that causes lesions similar to foreign animal diseases. That includes foot and mouth disease.

The government hasn’t monitored for SVA at the farm level in the past and OMAFRA officials hope the project will help with industry decision making.

Producers that submit samples for the project are being asked to complete a short survey. And participating producers must also provide Premise Identification Numbers on the submission form and include a minimum of 20 serum samples from pigs located on a single premise.

OMAFRA will not reimburse cost of supplies and time for sample collection.