Merial Animal Health has introduced a diagnostic kit to allow pig vets in the field to identify the presence of the swine influenza virus (SIV).

Merial Animal Health has introduced a diagnostic kit to allow pig vets in the field to identify the presence of the swine influenza virus (SIV). This follows recent research on English herds, which revealed that swine influenza may be more prevalent than previously thought.

Merial's Synbiotics Flu Detect Swine diagnostic kitThe Merial Flu-Kit is a diagnosis tool box that contains everything a pig vet needs to detect the presence of SIV. This includes:

  • A swine influenza clinical symptom reminder card;
  • A thermometer;
  • A Synbiotics Flu Detect Swine diagnostic kit;
  • Nasal swabs for virus isolation; and
  • Instructions for use.

The Synbiotics Flu Detect Swine diagnostic kit allows pig vets to detect the presence of SIV in a pig with fever. However, it does not differentiate between the specific strains. This can only be done by supplying a nasal swab to a laboratory which can carry out a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test.

The main strains currently prevalent in Europe are H1N2, H1N1 and H3N2.

Ricardo Neto, Merial’s veterinary advisor, said: “This kit will make it a little easier for practitioners to be more confident about the contribution of SI to the problems being seen.”
 
He added: “Identifying the presence of swine influenza virus in the herd at an early stage could help to reduce preventable losses and increase profitability.”
 
Vets who would like to find out more about this new diagnostic kit should contact Merial on 0800 592699.

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