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Alberta Pig Handling Facility Tests Positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea

October 30, 2014 During the ongoing surveillance activities being conducted by Alberta Pork in collaboration with the Alberta government, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) has been detected at a pig-handling facility in Alberta. This environmental sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal. There are no reported cases of PED in pigs in Alberta. The positive sample was taken from an office space. Other samples taken in high pig traffic areas at the same site, such as the loading dock and scales, came back negative. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and the facility to investigate the situation and keep producers informed. Together, we have been preparing for the possibility of PED for months. A plan is in place to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease, investigate and manage the situation. PED is a highly contagious viral disease of swine that causes vomiting, diarrhea and high death loss in pigs. It was first reported in Canada in ...

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You’re invited: Alberta Pork PEDv Telephone Town Hall Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 am

October 29, 2014 PEDv is Closing in. How Can You Keep it Out?  As the experts predicted, the fall is proving to be a time of increased disease risk for pigs. With positive environmental samples recently being found in Alberta for both PED and Swine Delta Coronavirus, the danger is squarely on our doorstep. What exactly do these positive samples mean for our industry? Where are we most at risk and what can we do about it? To answer these questions and help keep Alberta PED-free in spite of the increasing risk, Alberta Pork is hosting the latest in a series of Telephone Town Halls sponsored by Growing Forward II. Please join us for our next Telephone Town Hall on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 am Mountain Time. Our expert panel includes: - Dr. Egan Brockhoff, Alberta Swine Veterinarian, Prairie Swine Health Services in Red Deer. - Dr. Julia Keenliside, Veterinary Epidemiologist, Alberta Agriculture & Rural Development. - Dr. Frank Marshall, Veterinarian, Marsha ...

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Pork Producers Advised to Step Up Communication to Reduce Risk of Spreading PED

October 24, 2014 (from Farmscape.ca) Saskatchewan’s chief veterinary officer is calling for increased communication among pork producers and their service providers to help reduce the potential for spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. With the onset of colder weather the survivability of the virus responsible for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea increases. Dr. Betty Althouse, the Chief Veterinary Officer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, says while Saskatchewan remains free of PED the virus is circulating in parts of the Canadian swine herd as well as in the U.S. and once an operation becomes infected the risk of the virus spreading increases dramatically. "As herds are positive during the acute phase they do shed a lot of virus and the virus is detected outside the barns as well around those barns so that anybody going onto those sites whether they’re employees or service providers or feed trucks delivering they risk getting their vehicles contaminated and then can drive ...

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Alberta Pig Handling Facility Tests Positive for Swine Delta Coronavirus

October 16, 2014 During the ongoing surveillance activities being conducted by Alberta Pork in collaboration with the Alberta government, swine delta coronavirus (SDCV) has been detected at a pig-handling facility in Alberta. This environmental sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal. There are no reported cases of SDCV in pigs in Alberta. Alberta Pork is working close with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) and the facility to investigate the situation and keep producers informed. Together, we have been preparing for the possibility of PED and SDCV for months. A plan is in place to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease, investigate and manage the situation. ARD is taking action to trace and contact others who may have been at this site. If there is anyone whose operation is thought to be at risk, they will be contacted directly. Swine delta coronavirus (SDCV) is a new virus first found in pigs in Hong Kong in 2012. The second report of this virus was in the Un ...

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Hog Farms Hard Hit by PED Virus

October 6, 2014 (from the Red Deer Advocate) Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus continues to devastate hog farms, especially in the United States. But Alberta remains PED-free, confirms Egan Brockhoff, biosecurity co-ordinator with Alberta Pork and a partner with Prairie Swine Health Services of Red Deer. "The entire U.S. herd has been so dramatically affected," said Brockhoff during an Alberta Pork teleconference on Friday. "They're currently reporting 8,500 PED cases." Thirty-one states have had positive PED tests, he said, including all of the major pork producing states. About 50 new sites in the U.S. test positive for the disease every week. Asian countries like Japan have also been affected, said Brockhoff. "There's no question that it continues to move throughout the pig world in a very significant way." Earlier this week, Manitoba's chief veterinary officer confirmed his province's fifth on-farm case of PED. The virus had been ...

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