Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Special hog virus vaccines

Dr. Susan Detmer is developing regional influenza vaccines against up to five viruses, but so far not for Ontario.

The first ones will be for hog farmers in Alberta and Saskatchewan, then Manitoba and on a fee-for-service basis in Quebec.

She is an associate professor of veterinary pathology at Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

She says the vaccines she is developing will be better than those available commercially because they will be built to tackle the virus strains actually circulating in that region.

In Alberta that’s five influenza viruses, she said.

She has $150,000 in backing for her project.