Real-Time Global Swine Disease Monitoring System in Development

The Swine Health Information Center (SHIC) has funded a near real-time monitoring system for swine diseases around the world. Reviewed by SHIC’s Monitoring and Analysis Working Group, the system will include identification of potential hazards due to new diseases or changes in current diseases’ status, screening steps to evaluate information collected, and regular, timely reporting to keep the U.S. pork industry informed.

This project will be developed through a private-public-academic partnership. The University of Minnesota and USDA/APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health will collaborate on the project.

“Having a systematic way to monitor new or emerging diseases around the globe will help keep the U.S. pork industry informed of risks. Knowing the changes in risks will spur thinking about how to mitigate them,” says Paul Sundberg, DVM, and SHIC Executive Director.  

Multiple sources of information may contribute to the development of a near real-time global monitoring system for swine diseases. Sources of information may be classified as soft or unofficial (rumors or data that may or may not have been corroborated) and hard or official (confirmed by national or international agencies).

On a regular basis, data will be evaluated by a group of swine health experts, including collaboration with the USDA/APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, and a report generated. The summary will include interpretation from the experts. Follow-ups with local contacts will also be done when possible. The information will be graded to reflect a consensus of risk to the U.S. pork industry and the report will be released. The system is expected to be operational early in 2018.

Funded by America’s pork producers, the Swine Health Information Center focuses its efforts on prevention, preparedness, and response. For more information, visit or contact Sundberg at