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Tuesday 22nd April 2014.
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PEDv Becomes Reportable as Disease Spreads to 30 States

As the total number of farms testing positive for the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus in the US reached 5,790, the number of states with the disease also rose reaching 30 as Virginia and Vermont reported outbreaks.

In response to the rising number of cases and the devastating effect disease is having on the US pig sector, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that in an effort to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the US swine herd while maintaining movement of pigs in the US, the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus in order to slow the spread of this disease across the United States.

Secretary Vilsack said that he was taking this latest action due to the devastating effect on swine health since it was first confirmed in the country last year even though PEDv it is not a reportable disease under international standards.

"USDA has been working closely with the pork industry and our state and federal partners to solve this problem. Together, we have established testing protocols, sequenced the virus and are investigating how the virus is transmitted," said Mr Vilsack.

"Today's actions will help identify gaps in biosecurity and help us as we work together to stop the spread of these diseases and the damage caused to producers, industry and ultimately consumers."

In addition to requiring reporting of the PED virus, the announcement will also require tracking movements of pigs, vehicles, and other equipment leaving affected premises; however, movements would still be allowed.

The USDA is also working with industry partners to increase assistance to producers who have experienced PED virus outbreaks in other critical areas such as disease surveillance, herd monitoring and epidemiological and technical support.

The NAHLN has reported 262 positive accessions out of 819 tested at six veterinary diagnostic labs for the week ending 12 April 2014. In addition, they also adjusted a couple of earlier week’s numbers and added Vermont to the list of states reporting at least one confirmed case.

Long-time industry watcher and agricultural economist, Steve Meyer, expressed some surprise that the new requirements from the USDA will also include tracking of transport and equipment moved off of infected farms, which he sees as a “tall order”.

He has also thrown out a note of caution that the disease and actions against it appear to be entering the political arena and being used for political purposes.

“This announcement may reflect some concern over the industry’s plight and could conceivably help, but it is more likely motivated by politics.” He wrote.

“A few weeks ago, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairperson Deb Stabenow (D-MI) called on USDA to utilize disaster assistance funds to compensate producers for PEDV losses.
“She was joined in that call by Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). Senator Al Franken (D-MN) on 10 April asked Sec. Vilsack to enhance detection capabilities and to take measures to prevent the virus from spreading.

“I really do believe that Senators Stabenow, Hagan and Franken are truly concerned about citizens of their respective states (and others, for that matter) but it is no coincidence that Hagan and Franken are involved in re-election campaigns at the present time and the administration would, no doubt, very much like to retain the Democratic majority in the United States Senate. Nothing sinister. Just politics.”

The uncertainty caused by the disease is also continuing to have an effect on the market with June hog futures down this week and pushing close to the critical $120 mark.


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Hog Futures: Lean Pig Closed Up on Wednesday
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