Animal Health Update: Issue 3, October 2015


Issue 3, October 2015

Reportable Diseases Update

What you need to know:


As many veterinarians know, the Michigan Reportable Animal Disease List is a list of animal diseases required to be reported to the State Veterinarian whenever there is a suspicion or confirmed diagnosis. The reportable disease list assists AID’s ability to control, monitor or eradicate a disease. The list also allows for potential early intervention in cases of emerging diseases and helps control the spread in naïve animal populations. The list is updated annually. For the latest version or for more specific disease information visit our Animal Disease webpage. You can report diseases to AID by email or phone 800-292-3939. Veterinarians are the front line of defense against animal and zoonotic diseases. Thank you for your part in preventing diseases in Michigan. Below are some of AID's top zoonotic concerns, emerging diseases and most frequently reported diseases. If you have any questions regarding the below diseases, please contact us at

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Hot Topic:

Seneca Valley Virus Found at Michigan Plant in Out-of-State Pigs


AID was notified on September 28 that vesicular lesions were observed on some pigs in a load delivered to a slaughter facility in Hillsdale County. The pigs on the shipment originated from a collection point in Ohio and are believed to have originated from Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Oklahoma. For the next several weeks, AID responded almost daily to lesions on pigs in loads delivered to the facility. The pigs with lesions were all from multiple states and Ontario, Canada. Seneca Valley Virus has not been found in any Michigan pigs. All test results have come back negative for any foreign animal diseases and the pigs were positive for SVV. SVV is clinically indistinguishable from many Foreign Animal Diseases and currently circulating in the United States. AID is recommending veterinary practitioners practice good biosecurity and be on heightened alert for vesicles. If vesicular lesions are found, veterinarians should call AID at 800-292-3939 or for after-hours emergencies at 517-373-0440. For more information on SVV, visit Michigan State University Extension's program page.

Program Spotlight:

Dr. Cherie Collins - Cervid 


AID manages the disease programs for the state’s 375 privately owned cervid facilities. All facilities combined house 19,000 whitetail, 100 reindeer, 1,800 elk, 800 fallow deer, 170 sika deer and 400 red deer. There are two primary diseases of concern for Michigan’s cervid owners - bovine tuberculosis and chronic wasting disease. Each disease program has a mandatory and voluntary component ensuring testing on all herds in the state. Cervid producers are looking for veterinarians who will provide expertise in veterinary care for animal health issues and routine testing. This includes small animal practitioners who can participate in CWD sampling because producers bring cervid heads to the clinic for brain stem and lymph node sampling. Interested in providing services to cervid producers? AID’s Cervid Program will be hosting a training session for veterinarians in early 2016 and will review the rules for the CWD and TB programs, and includes a wet lab on CWD sampling. If you have questions related to cervids, are interested in attending the training or are in need of reference materials, contact Dr. Cherie Collins at 517-284-5686 or


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MVMA's Animal Welfare Conference

November 23, 2015

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