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The Design and Validation of Effective Thermo-Assisted Drying and Decontamination Process for Biosecure Pig Transport

All means of transportation (especially pig trucks) is likely to spread diseases. Especially in the winter, as the temperature turns low, disinfection effectiveness can be compromised, rendering biosecurity risks of disease introduction into farms. Thermo-Assisted Drying and Decontamination (TADD) had been pioneered and applied in the United States pig industry, as it was indicated that drying eliminated certain bacterial pathogens. Initially, TADD was applied at low temperatures for the purpose of bacterial pathogens mitigation; later, the drying unit went to higher temperatures at 72°C and higher, was used to effectively decontaminate the trucks for PRRSV and PEDV prevention. Dr. Xia Tian DVM at PIC shows how this technique has proven to be essential and highly effective for health assurance to protect the pig farms from disease invasion.