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Weekly Overview: Hawaii Reports First PED Outbreak

24 November 2014

GLOBAL - The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) virus has been detected for the first time in Hawaii in the last week. Despite the heartache of individual farmers in the US when the virus hits, the country's hog producers have recorded profitable production for 11 successive months.

Hawaii became the 32nd US state to report an outbreak of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) last week.

Also on PED in the United States, from next month, the USDA will no longer pay for Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease (SECD) submissions that do not have a valid Premises Identification Number (PIN).

In Canada, new government funding aimed at preventing PED will allow the Saskatchewan Pork Development Board to implement the next phase of the Saskatchewan Swine Biosecurity Programme.

Partly as a result of pig shortages from PED, October was the 11th consecutive profitable month for US pork producers, according to market analysts, Ron Plain and Scott Brown of the University of Missouri.

On the responsible use of antibiotics in farm livestock, antimicrobial usage is falling in Europe but bacterial resistance to antibiotics is increasing at an alarming rate, according to the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.

Last week was Antibiotic Awareness Week and various organisations in the veterinary and medical fields in many countries joined forces to publicise efforts to slow the rise in antibiotic resistance among pathogens.

Jackie Linden

Jackie Linden

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