APHA launches online pig disease surveillance dashboard

A new online resource designed to share pig disease surveillance work has been launched today.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has launched a GB pig disease surveillance dashboard, similar to sheep and cattle versions launched by the agency earlier this year.

This new online resource can be found here 

It has been developed to share the surveillance information from 2012 onwards derived from submissions to the GB veterinary diagnostic network, which includes:

  • APHA’s Veterinary Investigation Centres (VICs) across England and Wales
  • The network of surveillance partners working with APHA (universities and others) who provide post mortem services under contract
  • Scotland’s Rural College Disease Surveillance Centres in Scotland operated by SAC Consulting Veterinary Services

The dashboard is aimed primarily at vets, sharing the data that they contribute to in an easy-to-access format. It presents counts of diagnoses and users can tailor how they view the data by geographic area, age group, clinical sign and time period. But APHA said it would also be of value to others interested in diseases diagnosed in pigs.

It is designed to be used full-screen and users are advised to read the Overview page before accessing the dashboard as it has tips on how to best view and filter the information. There are also guidelines on using the dashboards on the Vet Gateway link.

APHA said thanked ‘all APHA, SAC-CVS, partner PME provider, Defra and Welsh Government colleagues, Pig Expert Group members, and Pig Veterinary Society and other colleagues who have assisted development and review of this resource prior to its launch’.

The APHA surveillance webpages updated earlier this year also include a webpage for pig surveillance and the Pig Expert Group found on this link

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