Melting snow and mild temperatures trigger more outdoor activity among both people and ticks. There are about twelve types of ticks in Minnesota, three of which are most common and can spread disease to people and animals.
The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety has channelled expertise in swine health to develop a training program on ASF in Vietnam.
On September 20, 2019, the Japanese government said it will shift its policy and allow the vaccination of domestic pigs to try to curve the spread of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) in the country. The virus re-emerged in September 2018 after 26 years of the country being considered free of the disease.
Several state health departments, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella. The multidrug resistant outbreak strains include Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen. 143 people were infected in 35 states, including Minnesota, and investigators linked the infection to pig ear dog treats.
A new Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) report says Minnesota must cut the sediment levels in the Minnesota River by half, a 25-year undertaking with an an estimated $360 million cost to stakeholders. The high sediment levels are suffocating fish, killing vegetation, and are the bulk of the sediment pollution flowing into the Mississippi.
Hepatitis A outbreaks have been occurring nationwide since 2016 affecting 23,000 people and causing 233 deaths. Since May, Minnesota has had an increased number of cases and, now, an official outbreak has been declared affecting nine counties. About 57% (13/23) of the reported cases have required hospitalization.