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PED U.S. Update: More than 6,000 PED Positive Pig Farms

April 29, 2014 (from The Pig Site) US - The total number of pig farms that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 6,019 in 30 states, writes Jackie Linden. The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) reports 221 positive accessions out of 822 tested at eight veterinary diagnostic labs for the week ending 19 April 2014, reports the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV). In addition, it says, the Network adjusted a couple of earlier week’s numbers. The number of states reported to the NAHLN as having at least one confirmed case of PED now stands at 29. AASV reports, however, that cases have also been diagnosed in Virginia, which would bring the actual state count to 30. The total number of pig farm samples (termed 'laboratory biological accessions' in the official report) that have tested positive for the PED virus (PEDv) since April 2013 now stands at 6,019, which includes 721 for the month of April so far. S ...

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PED Confirmed at Another High Traffic Site in Manitoba

April 28, 2014 Province of Manitoba news release on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed the presence of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus at a high-traffic site in western Manitoba.  This brings the total number of high-traffic or environmental sites that have tested positive for PED to eight including two previously reported cases where it is likely pigs contracted PED at high-traffic sites and not on-farm. The site had been regularly testing for PED so the time frame for possible contamination and exposure is quite short.  The CVO is following up with farms and facilities that did have contact with this site as part of its investigation.  The site is co-operating with the CVO and has taken measures to reduce the possibility of further transmission.  Monitoring is ongoing, with regular biosecurity and biocontainment at the site.  Ongoing environmental tests have since been negative, supporting the ef ...

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What Does the USDA PEDV Monitoring and Reporting System Announcement Really Mean?

April 28, 2014 (from National Hog Farmer) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Friday that it would initiate a reporting and monitoring system for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV).  Though the term “reportable” was used in some media reports, I do not use it here because it has some serious trade connotations.  OIE, the world organization for animal health, considers only a few diseases “reportable” and attaches trade restrictions to most, including hoof and mouth disease, classical swine fever and African swine fever.  PEDV is obviously not on that list, so I’ll not use “reportable” to describe this action. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said that USDA would require farm identities and herd locations on sample submissions to animal health laboratories and that those farms would be included in a monitoring and control program and is still under development.  Pig movements will still be allowed but pa ...

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Alberta Pork Obtains $1.3 Million from Growing Forward 2 to Help Industry Battle PED

April 25, 2014 The following is a release from the Government of Alberta about the formal announcement yesterday of Growing Forward funding provided to Alberta Pork to help producers and industry battle PED and other pig diseases: Through Growing Forward 2 (GF2), the governments of Canada and Alberta are providing $1.35 million to Alberta Pork to help address the threat of pig diseases, such as porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), to the swine industry. The funding is in addition to existing GF2 grants that are available to pork producers and farm service providers to enhance biosecurity measures in their operations. “This funding for the pork sector is a proactive step to help the industry fight pig diseases and improve biosecurity measures across the province. Through Alberta’s Budget 2014, we are continuing our commitment to make significant Growing Forward 2 investments that will strengthen our province’s agriculture industry.” ~ Verlyn Olson, Minister of Alberta Agricu ...

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PED Update in US: Outbreaks in 30 States

April 22, 2014 (from The Pig Site) US - The total number of farms that have tested positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus now stands at 5,790, writes Jackie Linden. With Virginia and Vermont reporting outbreaks, PED has now affected 30 US states. The NAHLN reports 262 positive accessions out of 819 tested at six veterinary diagnostic labs for the week ending 12 April 2014. In addition, they also adjusted a couple of earlier week’s numbers and added Vermont to the list of states reporting at least one confirmed case. The number of states reported to the NAHLN as having at least one confirmed case of PED now stands at 29. The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) adds that cases have also been diagnosed in Virginia, which would bring the actual state count to 30. US states with PEDv-positive swine accessions Pig Farms Testing Positive for PEDv: 5,790 The total number of pig farm samples (termed 'laboratory biological accessions' in ...

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Contaminated Feed Most Likely Source of Ontario PED Outbreak

April 15, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) The manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network says contaminated feed has been shown to be the most likely cause of the PED outbreak in Ontario. Since the confirmation of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in south-western Ontario in January, the infection has spread to over 40 farms in Ontario. Dr. Chris Byra, the manager of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network told those on hand last week for Manitoba Pork's 2014 annual general meeting there has been some controversy as to whether feed can transmit PED virus but the evidence of what occurred in Ontario is very strong. "The farms that became infected were linked by a single source of feed and a single batch of plasma and the biosecurity on some of these farms was very good and there were no other links. What really kind of sealed it from an epidemiological point of view was finding a positive case in PEI which had absolutely no link with Ontario at all but had purchased feed ...

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URGENT: Province of Manitoba news release on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv)

April 10, 2014  The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed a small number of animals being held at a high-traffic site in western Manitoba tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. Based on the onset of symptoms and the CVO's preliminary investigation, it is likely the pigs were infected with PED at the high-traffic site due to environmental contamination present at that site and not on their farm of origin. As part of its investigation, the CVO will follow up with other farms and facilities that had contact with the site. The high-traffic site is fully co-operating with the CVO investigation and has taken measures to reduce the possibility of further transmission. Facilities moving or handling large numbers of pigs are considered high-traffic sites and include livestock assembly yards, federal and provincial abattoirs, truck wash stations and livestock trailers. Manitobans are reminded that PED is not a food safety issue and it does not affe ...

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Nutrient Dense Liquids: The Head of the Class During PEDv

April 7, 2014 (from Pork Network) The U.S. swine industry is under attack from a very aggressive enemy, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). The toll PEDv is placing on the industry and specifically young piglets is astounding. It is proving to be very costly in the form of mortality, reduced production, and ultimately fewer pigs to market. While lots of discussion has taken place in hopes of curtailing the spread and devastating effects of PEDv there are some specific management practices that are helping, for instance tightening biosecurity protocols, limiting traffic onto the farm and disinfecting trucks and housing. When it comes to new sow farm outbreaks the most effective practice seems to be immediate weaning of any pigs capable of transitioning to dry feed. In most cases this is pigs 8 days of age and older. However, piglets weaned this early have basic nutrient and behavioral challenges that must be overcome… including the maintenance of appropriate nutrient levels during thi ...

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Enhanced Biosecurity Credited for Canada's Success in Dealing with PED

April 3, 3014 (from Farmscape.com) The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board credits proactive efforts over the past four years to improve biosecurity on Canadian swine farms for the success in containing the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in Canada. Since last April Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea has swept through the U.S. and now affects an estimated 25 percent of the U.S. swine herd. Since January of this year the infection has been confirmed on 30 to 40 swine farms in Ontario with isolated cases in Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Brian Sullivan, the chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board, says the biggest factor in the much slower spread of the infection in Canada has been our general preparedness in terms of biosecurity. "There was a lot of effort over the previous four years for developing standards for biosecurity and training the producers and veterinarians on the standard and enhancing biosecurity. Once PED was confirmed in the United States there h ...

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Research Shows PED Thousand of Times More Infectious than Similar Coronaviruses

April 2, 2014 (from Farmscape.com) The swine technical consultant for western Canada with Elanco says the U.S. experience has shown the virus that causes Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is thousands of times more infectious than similar coronaviruses. "PEDv: Understanding the Impact on Your Farm" was among the topics discussed last week as part of the Prairie Swine Centre's series of 2014 producer meetings. Dr. Peter Provis, the swine technical consultant for western Canada with Elanco Animal Health, notes PEDv can act very much like TGE, a sister coronavirus, but it is much more infectious. "We're starting to learn from our colleagues in the U.S. that this virus differs from TGE in a couple of respects and one respect is that it's highly infectious. For many viruses you need a certain amount of virus particles to cause disease in an animal. We're learning that with PED it doesn't take very many of these viruses which means that if you don't get things r ...

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