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Manitoba Tackles PED Virus

10 February 2014

CANADA - The province of Manitoba has been tackling the issue of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) in an online meeting, a special session at the recent Manitoba Swine Seminar and offering advice on controlling the disease.

Manitoba Pork Hosted Call-in PEDv Town Hall

Two hundred industry stakeholders and producers dialed in on 31 January to take part in a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) Town Hall meeting. The event allowed producers to hear the latest news on how PEDv is spreading in Ontario.

Guest speakers Dr Glen Duizer, Manitoba Chief Veterinary Office, and Dr. Doug MacDougald, South West Ontario Veterinary Services, shared the various measures that are being taken to test for the presence of the disease in Manitoba. Manitoba Pork went into detail on what will be done if a case of PEDv is found on a Manitoba farm.

To hear the full transcript of the phone-in meeting, click here.

All producers are reminded that they need to work closely with their veterinarian to ensure they are meeting the very highest biosecurity standards on their farms. The disease can be contained and herds will recover if everyone works together for the good of the industry.

For PEDv updates, visit the Ontario Pork web site.

Manitoba Pork also has an updated PEDv section on its web site.

PEDv: Five Things to Keep in Mind

  1. PEDv has been detected on multiple premises in Ontario, but the bigger concern to Manitoba Pork producers is that the virus is a four to six hour drive away in Minnesota.
  2. All trucks and trailers returning from the US and from assembly yards must be properly washed and disinfected. It is your responsibility to make sure that all trailers are clean before they back up to your barn!
  3. Practice strong biosecurity protocols on-farm, especially protocols for deadstock, live animal transport, and manure handling.
  4. Report any change in scouring or loose, watery manure in your herd to your veterinarian immediately. These are the most common clinical signs of PEDv in all ages of animals. Other clinical signs include vomiting, dehydration, and going off feed. Click here to view Manitoba Pork's PEDv brochure.
  5. The provincial government will cover the cost of testing for PEDv. Your confidentiality will be protected during the process.

Manitoba Swine Seminar 2014 Offered PED Panel Discussion

More than 400 individuals attended the Manitoba Swine Seminar on 5 and 6 February at the Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre in Winnipeg. The seminar hosted a series of speakers that presented information on the latest developments that affect Manitoba’s pork industry.

There were 17 major speakers, including a three-person panel discussion on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). Dr Tim Blackwell, from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, brought an update on PEDv in Ontario and emphasised the importance of on-farm communication. Dr Glen Duizer, Manitoba Chief Veterinary Officer and Manitoba Pork’s Mark Fynn, Animal Care Specialist, outlined Manitoba’s strategy for dealing with the virus.

PEDv panel (left to right): Dr. Tim Blackwell, Mark Fynn and Dr. Glen Duizer.

Further Reading

Find out more information on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) by clicking here.

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