A troubling disease that killed millions of pigs in the United States was confirmed in Canada and farmers should be wary. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED), a very deadly pig virus has killed millions of piglets in the United States and has now been confirmed in Alberta for the second time.
The deadly pig virus was first detected in the United States most recently. The virus has reportedly killed millions of pigs throughout the United States. Recently, the pig virus was deteced in Alberta and now it's being reported that it has been detected for a second time.
On Thursday, February 21 Alberta Agriculture and Forestry confirmed Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is present at an Canadian farm in Alberta. Of course, they kept the identity of the farm disclosed for privacy reasons.
They also confirmed that the producer and the herd veterinarian are working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Alberta Pork and their processor in regards to the disease.
According to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, "PED is a highly contageous, viral disease in pigs. PED causes severe diarrhea and death in suckling pigs and milder diarrhea in older pigs." They also suggest that if you suspect your pigs may be infected by the deadly virus, you should contact a veterinarian as soon as you can.
Even though this is the second confirmed case of PED in Alberta, officials do not believe the disease has spread. They've confirmed that pig traffic to and from the site in Alberta has been stopped and "enhanced biosecurity" has been implemented to the area.
Officials also confirm that there is no human health risk with PED and that all cases of PED must be reported to the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian.
The first case of PED in Alberta was confirmed back in early January, 2019. On January 7, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry confirmed the first-ever case of PED in Alberta. This farm has also been working with officials and Alberta Pork to ensure that the virus does not leave the site.
Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea first become well known back in 2014 in the United States and Canada when the virus killed millions of neonatal pigs during an outbreak. The virus first appeared in the US in April 2013 and reportedly killed an estimated 7 million pigs within a year.
If you have any questions or concerns about pigs or PED in Alberta, you can reach out to the Office of Alberta's Provincial Veterinarian at 780-427-3448.
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