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Public Health - Influenza
Risk assessment model to reduce bi-directional interspecies influenza transmission in an indoor hog grower unit

The purpose of this project was to produce effective risk assessment models to compare the likely effectiveness of different management and biosecurity practices and policies to prevent transmission of different influenza strains.

Public Health
Self-reported respiratory health symptoms and respiratory protection behaviors of young adult hog producers in the United States
Assessing reported respiratory health symptoms and changes in reported respiratory protection behaviors of young adults and veterinarians in swine production.
Public Health
Determine the respiratory health risks associated with swine production using the QMRA approach

The objective of the project is to determine the occupational and community health outcomes associated with swine production with an emphasis on respiratory health outcomes, using a standard quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) approach.

Public Health
Metagenomics approach to delineate the impact of antibiotic administration route on gut microbial changes and antimicrobial resistome in nursery piglets

This study was conducted in piglets to compare in-feed vs. in-water administrations of chlortetracycline (CTC) and or tiamulin on fecal prevalence and AMR profiles of gut commensals (Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp.) and foodborne pathogens (Campylobacter and Salmonella) in nursery piglets.

Public Health
Evaluation of hand hygiene procedures as interventions to decrease the risk of influenza transmission between pigs and people

This study assessed the effectiveness of four hand sanitation protocols in decreasing or removing IAV from hands of individuals handling influenza infected pigs, including hand washing with soap and water, hand washing with water only, hand sanitizing with alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves.

Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Comparison of antibiotic treatment regimens for naturally occurring, multi-etiology disease challenges in commercial wean-to-finish facilities
Objectives of this study were to compare the efficacy of current water-soluble and injectable antibiotic treatment regimens during naturally occurring, multi-etiologic swine disease challenges...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Defining the percentage of pigs raised without antibiotics for a label claim
Consumer demand for pork carrying various claims of alternative production practices is constantly changing and determining the size of these markets is critical for research and development efforts...
Public Health - Other Zoonotic Diseases
A literature review of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and their effect on public health NPB project
Key Findings:• Proximity to farm operations may be protective against development of allergy.• Proximity to farm operations can be associated with increased asthma exacerbation, especially in the...
Public Health - Antibiotics & Resistance
Phenotypic evaluation of the impact of antibiotic use protocols on antimicrobial resistance patterns in PRRS virus infected swine in a naïve environment
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