Submitted to: Hoard's Dairyman
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: April 26, 2008
Publication Date: August 10, 2008
Citation: Ridpath, J.F. 2008. Most Agree that it Needs to be Done. But How to do it is Open to Debate. Hoard's Dairyman. August 2008:493 Technical Abstract: Programs to control the spread and limit the economic impact of infections with bovine viral diarrhea viruses (BVDV) have been picking up steam both in Europe and North America. The burgeoning interest in BVDV control is due in part to better estimates of the extent of economic loss that can be attributed to BVDV and to the development a better management systems that include surveillance, biosecurity and increasing herd resistance. Based on successful programs in Europe, it is believed that control of BVDV in the U.S. will result in significant reductions of respiratory and reproductive disease. While the consensus opinion among researchers, diagnosticians, and extension veterinarians is that BVDV control will result in economic benefit to producers, there is not a consensus of opinion on exactly the best way to do it. While U.S. producers have been successful in eradicating animal pathogens such as foot and mouth disease virus (FMDV) and hog cholera virus (also known as classical swine fever virus) that still plague other parts of the world, they have been slow to institute measures to control BVDV. Why are we lagging behind in control programs against BVDV? The reason is that the control of BVDV is comparatively complex.