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ADRDL researchers collaborating to develop multiplex test for vesicular diseases in pigs

To someone who doesn’t raise livestock, a blister popping up on a pig’s nose probably wouldn’t seem all that significant. But to pork producers, their veterinarians and regulatory officials, that blister might signal an animal health emergency.

The potential for disaster is not so much with the blister itself and its effect on the pig; it’s what it might represent for the farm and the whole pork industry. Of course, an individual pig can have a blister form due to simple trauma. When multiple pigs in a pen emerge with similar signs, though, it might indicate a more serious viral infection.

Of course, foot-and-mouth disease is at the top of the list of those blister-causing (vesicular) viral infections. While the United States has not experienced an FMD outbreak... Read More...

Transport swabs for BRDC diagnostics available

The ADRDL can provide you with bacterial and viral/Mycoplasma transport swabs to help in the diagnosis of bovine respiratory disease outbreaks. Contact the lab at or 605-688-5171 (ask for the receiving section) to request these swabs.  Specify the quantity and type of swabs (viral or bacterial).  The lab is offering these to veterinarians roughly at cost ($4.35 per viral swab, $2.15 per bacterial swab).  Using and sending the right type of sterile swabs for diagnostic purposes can greatly improve the odds you and your clients will get useful and accurate laboratory results from swab samples. 

We can send the swabs in your returnable insulated lab boxes if requested, or send them separately with a postage charge. Contact Dr. Dale Miskimins with any questions at 605-688-5171.

New SDSU Ag-Bio Dean to begin in March

John Killefer, professor and department head of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University, has been named the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University. Killefer was selected following a national search.

Killefer has served in his current role since 2012. During that time, he successfully merged the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and management to form the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. Killefer also completed construction...  Read more...

The latest version of the "Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings" was published open-source in the December 1 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  The compendium is compiled by a committee of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, of which Dr. Russ Daly served as chair. 

The document outlines steps that operators of fairs, petting zoos, agritourism venues, and farms open to the public should take to minimize the risk their visitors will be exposed to zoonotic diseases such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonellosis, and Cryptosporidiosis. 

Read the new compendium here
Pieces and Parts
Drs. Chris Chase, Russ Daly, and Jane Hennings attended the annual meeting of the South Dakota Cattlemens Association in Pierre, November 29.

Dr. Chris Chase presented, "Vaccinating feedlot cattle for late BHV-1 outbreaks" at the Academy of Veterinary Consultants Winter Meeting in Kansas City, MO, November 30-December 1.
SDSU and the ADRDL were well-represented at this year's Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases, held December 1-6 in Chicago:
  • Karim Abdelsalam gave a presentation, “The indirect effect of BVDV on macrophage inflammatory function of lymphocyte apoptosis.”
  • Drs. Fernando Bauermann and Mayara Maggioli presented posters during the meeting.
  • Dr. Chris Chase served on the CRWAD Council as Vice President and as President of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.
  • Dr. Diego Diel presented “Modeling transboundary survival of FAD pathogens and endemic disease pathogens in contaminated feed ingredients.”
  • Lok Joshi gave an oral presentation on “Passive immunity against porcine epidemic diarrhea virus following immunization of pregnant gilts with recombinant Orf virus vector.”
  • Dr. Eric Nelson represented SDSU on the NC-229 Experiment Station multi-state project committee, and participated in the PRRS symposium.  
  • Jacob Sobraske presented “The effects of bovine herpesvirus 1 on monocyte-derived dendritic cell cytokinase production and surface marker expression.”
  • Dr. Alan Young served as the Chair for the Immunology Symposium, and as President-elect for the American Association of Veterinary Immunologists business meeting. 
Drs. Melissa Behr, Russ Daly, Jane Hennings, and Angela Pillatzki, along with Computer Support Analyst Jon Greseth, toured the Avera eCare facility in Sioux Falls on December 5.  The group is exploring possibilities for electronic diagnostic medicine in the new ADRDL building, once completed.  

Dr. Russ Daly presented a webinar for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's monthly Zoonoses and One Health Update call, December 6, on the publication of the new Animal Contact in Public Settings compendium. 

Drs. Chris Chase and Alan Young visited the Rural Physician Associate Program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on December 14, to gain information regarding an SDSU/Minnesota veterinary 2+2 program.  

Reminders from the Lab

  • The ADRDL will be closed on Monday, January 1, for the New Year's holiday. 
  • All submission forms for the ADRDL can be found on the ADRDL's Submission Forms page

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Upcoming Events:

January 1: New Years's holiday, ADRDL closed.
January 8:  Start of Spring Semester, SDSU.
February 10: James Bailey Herd Health Conference: Anesthesia, sedation, and pain control in food animals - Visit for details
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