Company introduces monitoring program for porcine circovirus

Published on August 15, 2006
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Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. has announced a program—the monitoring assignment for global insight of circovirus disease—to identify, assess, and monitor risk factors for porcine circovirus-associated disease.

The MAGIC program involves a survey of a producer's swine health system and relevant diagnostic screenings to establish a benchmark for disease status.

Dr. John Kolb, a technical manager with Boehringer Ingelheim, said conducting a thorough assessment of a swine farm's disease situation is critical because circovirus-induced disease is most often dependent on the presence of other diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, mycoplasmal disease, and swine influenza. He said results of the MAGIC surveys will help producers and veterinarians implement effective vaccination and disease management protocols against not only porcine circovirus-associated diseases, but also other disease co-factors.

For more information on the MAGIC program, veterinarians can contact Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica at (800) 325-9167.

Earlier in the year, Boehringer Ingelheim transferred ownership of its PRRS Risk Assessment Tool to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. This survey and benchmarking tool evaluates risk factors for the introduction and circulation of the PRRS virus on farms.

The AASV board recently formed a task force to work toward the elimination of the PRRS virus from North America. The board also created an ad hoc committee to address diseases associated with porcine circovirus type 2.