A summary of some findings from the numerous studies presented 5th International Symposium on Emerging and Re-emerging Pig Diseases
by S. ERNEST SANFORD
The 5th International Symposium on Emerging and Re-emerging Pig Diseases was held in the beautiful and historic city of Krakow, Poland last June 24-27. This symposium has grown significantly in stature and number of attendees since the first one held in St. Paul, Minn., in 1991.
The first three symposia were devoted exclusively to PRRS and Aujezsky’s (pseudorabies) diseases. The name of the symposium was changed to its current form in 2003 when PCV2/ PMWS was added and Aujezsky’s Disease (AD) was removed, as more and more of the major pig-producing countries successfully eradicated the disease. It should be noted that Canada is one country that has never had AD.
With over 1,200 attendees, this was easily the largest of the five symposia and had nearly twice as many as at the previous highest attendance in Rome in 2003. This symposium focused on PCV2, PRRS and Swine Influenza Virus. PCV2 took centre stage, however, surpassing PRRS in both the number of submitted papers (Table 1) and in capturing the attention of the delegates.
This article is devoted to brief reviews of selected papers on porcine circovirus disease presented at Krakow.