Disease control game changer: New mitigation platform developed by a Canadian tech company

When an individual within the network approaches the farm, the system sends screening questions directly to their phone.

Although on-farm biosecurity has greatly improved over the last few decades, it’s difficult for even the most vigilant producer to stay on high alert all the time. But as producers transition to new alternative housing options, the risk of disease increases. New disease spread mitigation technology could be the answer.

The innovative platform, called Farm Health Guardian, quickly and accurately tracks in real time and shuts down disease spread within minutes of receiving a disease symptom report. The technology could be a virulent disease game changer if it’s widely adopted by the industry and its partners.

Lessons from the past Canada reported its first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in 2004. The outbreak began on a broiler breeder farm in B.C.’s Fraser Valley. What started out as a low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) quickly and unexpectedly mutated to HPAI.

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By Melanie Epp

Source : canadianpoultrymag.com

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