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Steps Underway to Eliminate PED from Infected Manitoba Farms

June 23, 2016 (from Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer says steps are being taken to clean and disinfect the three Manitoba swine farms that have been infected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea as quickly as possible. Since May 26th three Manitoba swine farms, including two sow barns and one finisher operation, have been confirmed infected by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. | These are first cases reported in Western Canada in over 18 months. Dr. Megan Bergman, Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer, says the main focus right now is to contain the outbreak and steps are being taken to clean up the infected farms. "Producers work very closely with their private veterinarians as well as the office of the CVO in order to undertake a very thorough cleaning and disinfection process for their sites. Generally the CVO's office will also conduct surveillance testing after the cleaning and disinfection has been done to ensure that the virus has been eliminated from the ...

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Going but not Gone: 2 New PED Cases in Last Week

January 25, 2016

Just when you thought it was a thing of the past, PED made its presence felt again with two more cases in Ontario.

On January 15, a new case of PED was reported in a farrow to partial finish barn in Bruce County. One week later, another case was reported in a finisher barn in Huron County.

With Seneca Valley Virus lurking and PED still hanging on, biosecurity continues to be a critical component for Alberta producers.

To help with that, Alberta Pork has two tools available: The Biosecurity Risk Assessment and the new Alberta Pork Biocontainment Plan.

You can download both of these tools here , or contact Javier Bahamon at the Alberta Pork office to have them sent to you: 1-877-247-7675,


Manitoba Pork Applauds Delay in CFIA Enforcement of U.S. Truck Washing Regulation

January 5, 2016 (from The general manager of Manitoba Pork is a Canadian Food Inspection Agency decision to delay enforcement of a regulation which requires swine transport vehicles returning from the U.S. to be washed before reentering Manitoba. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has agreed to delay the resumption of enforcement until May 2 of a regulation which requires swine transport vehicles returning from U.S. farms to be washed in the U.S. before reentering Canada. Since February 2014 as part of a pilot project introduced to reduce the risk of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, swine transport vehicles have sealed at the border and washed and disinfected  at certified wash stations in Manitoba. Andrew Dickson, the general manager of Manitoba Pork, says research indicates most of the truck washes in the U.S. are actually contaminated with PEDv. "The chances of the trailers, which essentially are free of the disease when they deliver the pigs to a U.S. farm and coming back, ar ...

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U.S. Remains Biggest PED Threat to Canadian Swine Farms

    December 24, 2015 (from A Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says the United States remains the biggest threat to Canadian swine farms in terms of the potential for exposure of the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Environmental testing indicates Alberta remains free of PED and Deltacoronavirus, Deltacoronavirus has been detected at one site in Saskatchewan, but it is believed to be the bird virus and not porcine Deltacoronavirus, PED positive environmental samples have been identified at 3 assembly yards in Manitoba but effective biocontainment has kept the virus from spreading, PED positive environmental samples have been identified in Quebec and one new case of PED has been confirmed in a finisher barn in Ontario. ...

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Don't Miss the Last Alberta Pork Telephone Town Hall for 2015

December 14, 2015 Please share this message with your colleagues and industry partners. To participate, call 1-877-229-8493 on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 am Mountain Time and enter Pin # 112339 when prompted. Bill Six: Two words that have touched off a firestorm in Alberta. Join us as we bring you the latest on this controversial legislation. What is happening and why? What are the implications for you and your business? We'll also have updates on PED and the latest disease threat, Seneca Valley Virus, as well as information on the Alberta Pork Biocontainment Plan being launched next week. For all of that and more, please join us for our next Telephone Town Hall on Wednesday, December 16 at 10:30 am Mountain Time.   Our special guests this week: Darcy Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Alberta Pork. Dr. Julia Keenliside, Veterinary Epidemiologist ...

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New Case of PED Reported in Ontario

December 14, 2015 A new case of PED was found at the end of last week in a finisher barn that was in the process of cleaning out.  The timing of the occurrence implies that it could be transport related. Last Monday, EQSP reported that a weak positive PED PCR test was found in the area where trucks pass at an assembly yard in Quebec.  Cross contamination with a transporter delivering sows outside of Québec is suspected.  No animal areas tested positive and after washing and disinfecting, all tests during the weekend had negative results. On Dec. 4th, EQSP announced that there had been a number of environmental positives on processor loading docks and trucks in Québec's lull in the summer.  All cases were traced back as usual.   This shows that while PED is less prevalent these days, it's still around, so proper biosecurity is critical. If you have questions or concerns, contact your herd veterinarian or Javier Bahamon at Alberta Pork (javier.bahamon@al ...

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PEDv is Still Active in US Swine Herds

November 16, 2015 (from PEDv is still active in swine herds in the US. Unlike previous reports of TGE, which seemed to disappear after a national infection for several years, PEDv is still grumbling on so we need to take great care regarding importing breeding stock into the EU still. Looking at the recent update for cases, there has been an overall fall in the number of positive cases to October 2015 by about 44% from the previous year, which is great news. Winter months are the high risk months. There is limited warmth, dryness and sunlight to destroy the virus; it can survive for weeks in cold, moist conditions. In the northern states and Canada, where it freezes up in the winter, truck cleaning and disinfection becomes a major difficulty. Specialised truck cleaning and drying facilities have been installed to improve the situation but not only pig trucks are important potential carriers of the virus but feed delivery, dead pig removal and garbage trucks, which regularly vi ...

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Notice to Swine Livestock Transporters Returning from the U.S.

October 9, 2015 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is reminding swine livestock haulers returning empty from the United States (U.S.) or other countries that regulatory requirements apply under the Health of Animals Regulations, section 106. (5) and its subsections. · The Regulatory requirements for empty livestock vehicles have been in effect since the mid-1990s and have helped maintain Canada free of the many serious diseases of swine, which are transmissible by manure. Returning trucks must undergo cleaning and disinfection (C&D) process in the U.S. before returning to Canada. In February 2014, the CFIA, in consultation with the provinces, during the initial incursion of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus into Canada, had allowed for a temporary emergency protocol for cleaning and disinfection of empty swine trucks to be undertaken. The CFIA has reviewed the situation and has concluded that the outbreak of PED in Canada no longer merits an emergency response. As of ...

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PEDv Activity Remains Low in U.S.

August 13, 2015 (from The executive director of the National Swine Health Information Center says the onset of colder weather this coming fall and winter will be the true test of action taken to contain the spread of the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, like TGE or Transmissible Gastro Enteritis, is more hardy and is spread more easily during colder weather. Dr. Paul Sundberg, the executive director of the National Swine Health Information Center, reports we're still going through the summer, and at this point, the activity of PEDv in the U.S. remains at a very low level. "Primarily the virus is affecting finishing floors that most probably are becoming infected as they travel to and from markets. There still are some sow herds that are being affected, but for the most part, it's a very low level of activity. We are confident that the continued attention to biosecurity and the preparedness of the gilts as they enter i ...

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CSHIN Identified Swine Diseases to Pay Attention to This Summer

  June 23, 2015 (from A Red Deer based swine veterinarian is encouraging pork producers to step up their focus on ventilation heading into the summer. The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network, which gathers and compiles swine health information from across Canada, published its latest report at the end of the first quarter. Dr. Egan Brockhoff, with Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer, told Alberta Pork's monthly PED update last week, the report identified what we're seeing the most and what we should be paying attention to. "In the springtime influenza is a big one. We see influenza moving through the human population and then, not surprisingly, we see it follow into the barns occasionally. Influenza is a disease that we would expect to see rise through the spring. There's been lots of discussion about post weaning colibacillosis, certainly something that everyone wants to pay attention to. Nursery scours essentially is wh ...

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