Swine producers are better-equipped for preventing and managing porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome today as a result of continuing research on the disease, according to Scott Lee, DVM, swine disease eradication center at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Lee was speaking at the 2009 World Pork Expo. He said tools such as area-wide mapping, aerosol transmission and air filtration, herd risk assessment models, new surveillance methods and improved vaccination strategies help producers prevent PRRS. He added many of the strategies can be easily integrated into a management program.