15 April 2013

Merck Animal Health Introduces SE Guard™

New Salmonella Enteritidis Vaccine Option for Poultry Producers

Summit, NJ, April 15, 2013 – Merck Animal Health today introduced SE Guard™, the newest vaccine available for both broiler breeders and layers, to control the threat of Salmonella enteritidis. Prevention of this potentially deadly disease is critically important to producers who face annual losses of $300 million due to Salmonella enteritidis contamination in egg and meat products. 

“Given the seriousness of this disease challenge, producers are keenly aware of how vital it is to have a strong, FDA-compliant Salmonella enteritidis control program in place,” says Charles Broussard, D.V.M, MAM, Merck Animal Health. “Vaccinating with SE Guard as part of a comprehensive program helps reduce colonization and shedding of the bacteria within the flock.”

“Minimizing infection in an operation also helps translate into a safer food supply for consumers, which is important given that cases of Salmonella have increased since 2008. It’s the most common infection with 1.2 million cases reported annually in the United States,”1 says Dr. Broussard.

With flexible timing options for administration, SE Guard is easily incorporated into any comprehensive Salmonella enteritidis protection program. Humoral antibodies protect pullets when vaccinated at least 10 weeks of age. A second vaccination is recommended a minimum six weeks following initial vaccination.

To learn more about SE Guard and Salmonella enteritidis poultry vaccination, visit www.merck-animal-health-usa.com or contact a Merck Animal Health representative at 800-211-3573.

About Merck Animal Health
Today's Merck is a global healthcare leader working to help the world be well. Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, is the global animal health business unit of Merck. Merck Animal Health offers veterinarians, farmers, pet owners and governments one of the widest range of veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines and health management solutions and services. Merck Animal Health is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of animals. It invests extensively in dynamic and comprehensive R&D resources and a modern, global supply chain. Merck Animal Health is present in more than 50 countries, while its products are available in some 150 markets. For more information, visit www.merck-animal-health.com.

1 “Trends in Foodborne Illness in the United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2011.