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Summer Offers Best Opportunity to Eliminate PED

May 31, 2014 (from The chair of the Canadian Swine Health Board says warmer summer weather offers the best opportunity for Canada's pork industry to contain and hopefully eliminate Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Canadian Swine Health Board is a national organization representing pork industry stakeholders with input from government agencies created to address national swine health issues Its main program areas have included biosecurity, research related to emerging diseases and long term disease risk management strategies. Canadian Swine Health Board chair Brian Sullivan says those efforts, particularly biosecurity initiatives, have been very important in being better prepared for when the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus arrived in North America about a year ago and we've been very successful in keeping it out of Canada until January but, even now that it is here, it has spread at a much slower rate. "This remains a threat for all provinces in Canada ...

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Swine Delta Coronavirus Now Reportable Disease in Alberta

May 20, 2014 The following was released today by Alberta's Chief Provincial Veterinarian: Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV) is a new viral disease of pigs that has recently has been found in the United States and Ontario. SDCV is from the same family of viruses as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) and also causes severe diarrhea and death in suckling pigs. Any sudden onset of unusual diarrhea should be investigated immediately by a veterinarian. Due to the economic harm that it could cause to the pork industry if it spreads to Alberta, effective May 20, 2014, I am declaring SDCV in swine as a reportable disease in the Province of Alberta under the authority of Section 3(b) of the Animal Health Act. As of May 20, 2014, all known or suspect cases of SDCV occurring in Alberta should be reported to the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (CPV) within 24 hours. Contact 780-427-3448 during regular business hours or 1-800-524-0051 after hours to report. Transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) and Porcine Epi ...

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PEDv Count Continues to Rise

May 20, 2014 (from The National Animal Health Laboratory Network reported that 191 tests for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) proved positive out of 801 conducted at 10 veterinary diagnostic labs in the week ended May 3, according to the American Association of Swine Veterinarians’ latest update. The latest data bring the number of confirmed cases to 6,421 since the virus was discovered in the United States in May 2013. The number of states reported to the NAHLN as having at least one confirmed case of PEDv remains at 29. The AASV noted, however, that cases have also been diagnosed in Virginia, which would bring the actual state count to 30. There is no firm data on how many hogs have been infected, as each case reported can represent anywhere from a single animal to an entire herd at a single site. Paragon Economics President Steve Meyer has estimated as many as 7 million pigs have died from the virus. The virus could push up U.S. hog prices by 15 ...

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EU Moves to Limit Spread of PEDv

May 12, 2014 (from

The EU Commission has agreed to new rules aimed at limiting the spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) by restricting blood products used in feed, the BBC reported.

The EU rejected an outright ban on live pig imports. France last week said it would suspend imports of live pigs and sperm from the United States, Canada, Japan and Mexico.

The new EU rules require that products such as spray dried pig plasma used in feed given to weaned piglets can be imported only after they have been heat treated. The products must then be stored for six weeks to kill any virus that might have contaminated the blood after the treatment, according to the article.

The EU decided against a ban on live pig imports because very few live animals are brought in from Canada and the United States, the article said.

Second Case of PED Reported on a Manitoba Farm

May 9, 2014 The Office of Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) has confirmed the province’s second on-farm case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus in a finisher barn in southeast Manitoba.  The CVO has been advised the animals on this farm have shown no symptoms of PED. The CVO will identify other premises that have been in contact with this farm and investigate how the virus arrived on the farm premises.  This case was identified by a CVO investigation related to a previously reported positive sample from a high-traffic site. Producers are encouraged to remain vigilant with the necessary biosecurity protocols that prevent the spread of PED and are reminded they must report all suspected cases to their veterinarian. To date, eight high-traffic or environmental sites have tested positive for PED including two cases where it is likely pigs contracted PED at high-traffic sites and not on-farm.  High-traffic sites move or handle large numbers of pigs and in ...

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Latest Positive Environmental Samples Heighten Producer Awareness of PED

May 8, 2014 (from The manager of producer services with Sask Pork says transportation biosecurity remains the primary focus as Saskatchewan's pork producers strive to keep Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus out of their province. On Monday the Office of Manitoba's Chief Veterinary Officer reported Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was found at a high traffic site in western Manitoba, bringing the number of environmental findings in the province to eight, including two incidents where pigs are believed to have become infected in the high traffic site. Harvey Wagner, the manager of producer services with the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board, says this latest development certainly makes everyone aware that they have to maintain high levels of biosecurity during transport. "I think it's one of those things you have to almost assume that any place where animals congregate or trucks congregate that the potential for PED to be there increases quite a bit so we have ...

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PEDv: One Year Later

May 2, 2014 (PORKNetwork) It’s been one year since Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) was first identified in the United States. In those relatively short 12 months, PEDv has spread unchecked across the country, stretching across 30 states with more than 6,000 confirmed cases. Steve Meyer, president of Paragon Economics and National Pork Board consultant, puts losses attributed to PEDv as high as 7 million, or more than 10 percent of the nation’s pig population. Purdue University economist Chris Hurt, however, estimates a lower number of PEDv-related deaths. See, “PEDv losses not as large as expected.” The bottom-line for both estimates remain the same: PEDv has killed millions of pigs. As a result, retail pork and hog prices have set new record highs, and as cases continue to climb, these prices have the potential to increase even more.  The USDA announced PEDV as a reportable disease in April, a step that requires the pork industry to track its spread ...

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