Rapid Response Program Ready for Deployment

March 14, 2018 09:00 AM
The Swine Health Information Center's Rapid Response Program is designed for epidemiological investigations of new emerging, endemic or transboundary swine diseases.

Currently being beta tested and constantly fine-tuned, the Swine Health Information Center's Rapid Response Program is ready for deployment when needed. The program is designed for epidemiological investigations of new emerging, endemic or transboundary swine diseases. Carried out by the Rapid Response Corps, a team who will analyze the patterns, causes, and effects of health and disease outbreaks in affected herds, the program stands ready to serve U.S. pork producers.


Objectives of the Program:

  • Timely collection of molecular and epidemiological information
  • Description of geographic and timing patterns of incidences
  • Identification of operational linkages such as feed sources, boar studs, vaccine sources
  • Identification of most likely and common routes of introduction
  • Identification of gaps in biosecurity

What Is the Rapid Response Corps?

  • Corps members are qualified, trained, and practiced individuals who live in one of the six SHIC Regions and will help with:
  • Conducting on-site epidemiological investigations including sample collections and submission
  • Reviewing standard epidemiological investigation forms, summary reports, and database
  • Offering data collected as a primary source of information for rapid response in the event of an outbreak

Investigation Resources
Several resources are now available online which may be useful in formulating your own response protocol. Registration provides access to all materials. Everyone is invited and encouraged to explore the resources which include:

  • SHIC Swine Disease Matrix
  • Rapid Response to Emerging Disease Program Master Checklist
  • Investigation and Summary Report Examples
  • Investigation and Summary Report Templates
  • Training Module Scripts

Contact SHIC to Learn More
To learn more about the SHIC Rapid Response Program and to volunteer for the Rapid Response Corps, contact Executive Director Dr. Paul Sundberg (psundberg@swinehealth.org) or the program coordinator, Dr. Derald Holtkamp (holtkamp@iastate.edu).

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