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Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS) CAP


Date Funded: 2004
Amount: $4.4 million
Duration: 3 years*

Objective: Control and eliminate PRRS disease in swine.

Why? Each year, PRRS costs the United States $560 million by causing reproductive failure in adult females and deadly pneumonia in nursing pigs. The disease first appeared in the United States in 1986 and spreads easily among herds. PRRS has appeared in all major swine producing areas of the United States and throughout the world.

Impact: Research provided data to assess airborne transmission of the disease and identified air filtration as a way to control it, thereby reducing the need for vaccines. The National Pork Board incorporated project findings into their successful education and outreach network to more that 50,000 producers. Regional on-farm PRRS elimination trials are now underway.

Participants: University of Minnesota, lead institution

Iowa State University

Kansas State University

The National Pork Board

North Carolina State University

Ohio State University

South Dakota State University

Universidad Autonoma (Madrid, Spain)

University of Illinois

University of Michigan

University of Missouri

University of Nebraska

University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna (Austria)

USDA Agricultural Research Service


* In 2008, the project was renewed for four more years and an additional $4.8 million with Kansas State University as the lead institution. The second phase will focus on further developing educational outreach programs for scientists, producers, and veterinarians.


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