More cases of PEDV reported in Canada

2Pigs_LookOverGate_blogTen cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) have now been reported in Canada after it was first discovered in Ontario last week.

The virus has already caused the loss of an estimated million pigs in the U.S., where it was first reported last spring. PEDV is endemic in other parts of the world but hadn’t been reported in the U.S. prior to last year. The virus isn’t transmissible to humans and doesn’t affect food safety; however, it causes high mortality rates among infected pigs, especially younger animals.

To combat the spread of the virus, animal health officials are urging ramped up biosecurity efforts, including restricting access and maintaining good records, quarantining incoming animals, and maintaining a rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocol. Additionally, the Ontario government has dedicated $2 million to Ontario Pork, which represents 1,600 swine farmers in the province, to help implement additional industry-wide effects to enhance biosecurity. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also announced last week that it will issue permits to veterinarians to allow the use of a PEDV vaccine.

“We are working closely with pork farmers to ensure that effective biosecurity measures are in place and will continue in assisting with any monitoring, diagnostic and technical support as needed,” said Maxine Bernier, minister of state for small business and tourism, and agriculture, in a statement.

For more on PEDV from Neogen’s blog, click here.

For information on Neogen’s PEDV test, click here.

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