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·         First case of porcine epidemic diarrhea reported in Alberta

·         PED found on Alberta hog farm

·         Biosecurity Animal Health Top of Mind in 2019



First case of porcine epidemic diarrhea reported in Alberta

The first case of PED in Canada was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in January 2014 on a swine farm in Ontario.


National Hog Farmer

Jan 08, 2019


A 400-head hog operation in Alberta, Canada, has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus according to the latest report from Alberta Pork. This is the first-ever reported case of PED in Alberta.


Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fully investigate this outbreak and prevent the disease from spreading further.


The first case of PED in Canada was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in January 2014 on a swine farm in Ontario. Since then, PED has also been reported in Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.


The virus is spread by the fecal-oral route, with the most common source being infected feces coming onto a farm with various surfaces that can transmit the virus. In nursing pigs, PED can cause up to 100% mortality.


Alberta Pork reminds producers that strict biosecurity protocols are of utmost importance in limiting the impact of disease in agriculture. It is especially critical during this outbreak that producers consider enhancing biosecurity on-farm and in animal transportation. Producers are encouraged to submit all swine manifests, including farm-to-farm movements, in a timely manner...





PED found on Alberta hog farm


By Barb Glen, The Western Producer (Canada)

January 8, 2019


Porcine epidemic diarrhea has been confirmed on a 400-head Alberta hog operation.


It is the first case of the deadly virus discovered in Alberta, although it has affected hog operations in four other provinces since 2014.


Alberta Pork today confirmed the finding and said it is working with Alberta Agriculture to investigate the outbreak and prevent it from spreading.


Dr. Keith Lehman, Alberta’s chief veterinarian, issued confirmation Jan. 7, emphasizing that the virus presents no risk to human health or to food safety and no market implications are expected.


PED is a reportable disease in Alberta. It is highly contagious, usually by the fecal-oral route, and the most common source of infection is through infected feces coming onto a farm via various surfaces.


It is almost always fatal to young piglets, which die from dehydration and malnutrition. It also causes diarrhea in older pigs, but they can recover from the illness.


“Alberta Agriculture and Forestry will continue to work with Alberta Pork, pork producers, swine veterinarians and other pork industry stakeholders to investigate this case and prevent further spread of the virus,” Lehman said in a statement.


The location and exact type of hog operation involved has not been released...





Biosecurity Animal Health Top of Mind in 2019


Rick Bergmann - Canadian Pork Council

Farmscape for January 9, 2019


The Chair of the Canadian Pork Council says, as concerns related to animal health escalate in the face of new disease threats, biosecurity will be job one within Canada's pork sector in 2019.


Challenges posed by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in North America and now the spread of African Swine Fever in China, Russia and parts of Europe have put the spotlight on disease risk.


Rick Bergmann, the Chair of the Canadian Pork Council, says animal health is on the top of mind among Canada's pork producers.


Clip-Rick Bergmann-Canadian Pork Council:


We see the challenge occurring around the world with African Swine Fever so biosecurity for the Canadian pork producer is job one.


We see more and more involvement or priority taking place in this already, just the fact that we want to ensure that the herd health remains strong here.


There have been different viruses that have been of concern.


Most recently I would say the PED virus, and that has created the awareness of the devastation that can occur on farm.


That's also made aware of the fact that we have to have a strong biosecurity program in place on farm as many people don't understand how diseases are spread.


We want to make sure that the last line of defense, that is the farm, is highly maintained in the biosecurity program to prevent any possible negative outcomes on animal health.