Ohio ADDL June 2021 Newsletter


Ohio Department of Agriculture   -   June 2021

In This Issue

- ASF Workshop

- Shipping samples when it's HOT outside

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ADDL Participates in Ohio ASF Response Plan Workshop

Melanie Prarat, MS, ADDL Central Receiving Section Head and Virology Section Researcher


The Ohio Pork Council, Ohio Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture, and The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine hosted a virtual 3-day workshop focusing on Ohio's African Swine Fever (ASF) response plan. The workshop provided opportunities to learn about and discuss:


Response Triggers & Diagnostic Lab Capability (Dr. Susan Skorupski, USDA, Dr. Dennis Summers, ODA, Melanie Prarat, ODA)

Sampling and Surveillance (Dr. Steve Wilden, USDA)

Depopulation (Dr. Andrew Bowman, OSU)

Carcass Disposal (Dr. Steven Moeller, OSU, Lori Miller, USDA)

- Continuity of Business, Secure Pork Supply, Permitting (Dr. Andreia Arruda, OSU, Dr. David Frew, ODA)

Data Management (Dr. Roger Krogwold, USDA)


Scenario-guided group discussions and breakout groups offered ample opportunities for attendees to further discuss all topics.


Shipping During Warm Weather

Rose Blocker, RVT, ADDL Central Receiving 


As summer approaches, keep in mind that the prolonged heat is not so great for some of our more temperature-sensitive samples. Before shipping samples to the laboratory, don’t forget to check the weather! Here are a few things to consider while packing up your samples this summer:

It’s hot in those trucks! Add an extra ice pack or two for temperature-sensitive samples and ensure that they are packed close enough to the samples to keep them cold.


Occasional shipping delays have still been an issue into 2021. Pack samples in insulated Styrofoam boxes with a cardboard outer box to keep samples safe and cool for longer, in case your samples are delayed.


Melting ice packs sweat – a lot! Be sure to include absorbent material in your packaging and protect any submission forms inside a sealed plastic bag.

If you have any questions about shipping guidelines, please call the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at 614-728-6220, or visit the Submission Information section of our website here.