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$1 million available to fund research on emerging swine disease spread by mosquitos

One million dollars is available to fund research targeting an emerging virus that threatens the U.S. pork supply.

Swine Health Information Center director Dr. Megan Neiderwerder says Japanese encephalitis virus is transmitted by mosquitos and can infect pigs, humans, and horses.

“And what we want to do with this research program is of course develop new tools (and) new knowledge on how we can best prevent the virus from being introduced (and) prepare for a potential incursion.”

She tells Brownfield JEV has been designated a priority virus by the U.S. swine industry and SHIC has partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to fund the program.

“Because of the outbreak that occurred in 2022 in Australia, where JEV expanded into new geographic regions and ranges and really impacted their swine industry with regards to production losses on sow farms.”

She says the virus can cause reproductive failure, delayed farrowing, and stillbirths.

The deadline to submit research proposals is April 15th

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