The role of genetics and heritability in Border Collie collapse had been unknown. Now, University of Minnesota researchers have recently published findings from a study seeking to clarify the role of genetics in this complex disease by investigating its underlying genetic architecture.
The best way to mitigate foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks is to find it quickly—to reduce the time between suspicion of an outbreak and confirmation. But current testing methods require samples be sent to diagnostic laboratories—a costly and time-consuming process.
The current standard of surveillance of foreign animal disease in the U.S. relies on cooperative producers and practitioners to gather and send suspect samples to approved labs based on their best judgements.
While it’s understood that predators like wolves can directly reduce disease among their prey by killing those infected, these findings suggest that wolf influence on cervid movements and habitat choices might indirectly reduce parasite transmission.
The outbreak occurred in two waves, first between October and December of 2020 and again, in larger numbers, beginning in April of 2021.