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·         Virus Threatening Pigs Throughout The Southeast

·         PED Virus Moves West Of The Red River



Virus Threatening Pigs Throughout The Southeast


by Connor Gerbrandt, Steinbach Online (Canada)

07 June 2019


Hog companies in the southeast are experiencing an outbreak of PED.


That, according to Pro-Vista Co-Owner Arthur Rempel who says three of his farms have been infected by the virus in the past two weeks.


“It tends to be that when a barn breaks with this disease the entire barn will be infected very quickly,” states Rempel. “On our farms that are affected, the entire populations are infected.”


PED, or Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, infects the cells of a pig's small intestines and causes severe diarrhea and dehydration. Rempel indicates that this illness will be particularly devastating among piglets under 15 days old. He says most of those infected will die.


“A lot of effort and energy is put into raising good quality animals," comments Rempel, "and when they are so compromised by their health it is virtually a complete loss for a number of weeks.”


Rempel acknowledges that his company, along with others in the region, will likely endure a significant financial loss because of this gap in production.


Though PED is harmful, it is not altogether uncommon and Rempel says local hog companies battled another difficult strand of the virus a couple of years ago. Throughout his time in the industry, he has come to realize that the situation should improve fairly quickly...





PED Virus Moves West Of The Red River


by Cory Knutt, Pembina Valley Online (Canada)

07 June 2019


Manitoba Pork has now confirmed 21 cases of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) in 2019, which include 10 sow, 2 nursery, and 9 finisher operations.


Nineteen of those are in southeast Manitoba and two west of the Red River in the Lowe Farm/Morris area. Manager of Swine Health Program Jenelle Hamblin says there were cases west of the Red River back in 2017. Those cases were traced to direct animal movement, however the 2019 cases (both sow operations) did not have any direct animal movement and really no identifiable contacts to any previously infected farms in the southeast.


"It's definitely concerning," said Hamblin. "We've done a lot of surveillance testing in the area, as we have done in the southeast as well, making sure that we can catch it if it is moving...I know that the farms in that area are being hyper-diligent with keeping an eye out for potential signs."


Manitoba Pork is strongly recommending that producers ramp up their biosecurity efforts.


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