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·         Province's Pork Commission Hard At Work On PED Case

... there's suspicions the disease came from Manitoba or the U.S...

 

·         Pig virus casts shadow over Alberta pork conference

·         No Cases of PED-V in Saskatchewan

 

 

Province's Pork Commission Hard At Work On PED Case

 

by Jessica Giles, High River Online (Canada)          

09 January 2019

 

A 400-head hog operation in Alberta has contracted the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus.

 

PED only effects pigs, and has previously been found in Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and PEI, but this is the first time it has been seen in Alberta.

 

The virus poses no threat to human health and this incident has not caused any food safety concerns.

 

Alberta Pork Executive Director, Darcy Fitzgerald, says luckily the farm doesn't have any close neighbours.

 

"It mostly moves from farm to farm by transportation of either people or equipment, and it's mostly from the feces from the animals, but we still have our suspicions of birds picking up something, the wind at times, you know we just don't know."

 

Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to investigate the outbreak and prevent the disease from spreading. Staff from both groups are continuing to work with the farmer to help the animals.

 

Fitzgerald says this is the only PED case in Alberta...

 

... there's suspicions the disease came from Manitoba or the U.S...

 

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https://highriveronline.com/ag-news/province-s-pork-commission-hard-at-work-on-ped-case

 

 

Pig virus casts shadow over Alberta pork conference

The discovery of PED, a contagious viral disease that has killed millions of pigs in the United States, on a Central Alberta farm is casting a shadow over an international pork conference taking place in Banff this week.

 

Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald           

via Edmonton Sun - January 9, 2019

 

BANFF — Alberta’s first case of a contagious viral disease that has killed millions of pigs in the United States is casting a shadow over an international pork conference in Banff this week.

 

“Everybody is worried about it,” said Brent Moen, chair of Edmonton-based Western Hog Exchange and one of approximately 720 delegates from around the world attending the Banff Pork Seminar, an annual event organized by the University of Alberta that runs through Thursday at the Fairmont Banff Springs.

 

“One case in Alberta today, if it’s left unchecked and we don’t get control of it, it could really spread extremely fast and financially cripple the industry.”

 

A provincial laboratory test confirmed the presence of porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, at a 400-head hog operation in Alberta on Monday. Though the location of the farm has not been disclosed, sources confirmed Wednesday it is somewhere in central Alberta.

 

Although this is the first reported case of PED in Alberta, the disease has long struck fear into western Canadian pork producers. The virus — which kills up to 100 per cent of nursing piglets that catch it, though older animals can recover — began sweeping the United States in 2013, with 200 to 300 cases per week reported between 2013 and 2014. It killed so many animals, it drove up the price of pork and bacon.

 

Dr. Egan Brockhoff, a veterinarian with Red Deer-based Prairie Swine Health Services and a speaker at the Banff conference, said...

 

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https://edmontonsun.com/business/local-business/everybody-is-worried-about-it-pig-virus-casts-shadow-over-alberta-pork-conference/wcm/f4e4a883-d368-47c5-9c7e-3aa0385ff04e

 

 

No Cases of PED-V in Saskatchewan

 

by Glenda-Lee Vossler, Swift Current Online (Canada) 

09 January 2019

 

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has now been discovered in Alberta.  It’s the first case of the virus in the province and was found on a 400-head hog operation.

 

So far, Saskatchewan has not had any animals affected.

 

General Manager of Sask Pork, Neil Ketilson says biosecurity protocols are key.

 

“So, we have to be really vigilant all the time. High on the biosecurity to make sure that every one of those trucks coming onto the property is clean. It’s also important to make sure that the people that come onto the properties for various services are very aware not to bring the disease onto the property. Hats off to the producers, they’ve really done an excellent job and a lot of them have spent a lot of money to maintain their health status"...

 

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https://swiftcurrentonline.com/ag-news/no-cases-of-ped-v-in-saskatchewan