Home   News

Cleanup of PED Infected Sites in Alberta Moving Forward

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development says a quick response by both the producers and their veterinarians have helped avoid any spread of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea from two infected sites.
On January 7th Alberta's first case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea was reported on a 400 sow farrow to finish operation and a second case was reported on February 21st on a 600 sow farrow to finish operation.
Dr. Julia Keenliside, a Veterinary Epidemiologist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, says in both cases fast responses kept the virus from spreading.

Clip-Dr. Julia Keenliside-Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development:

In terms of  the first site cleanup is well underway.
They still have high levels biosecurity and biocontainment on the site but they've been really working hard at the  cleanup.
It's anticipated it's still going to take several more weeks yet.
To clean a farrow to finish operation does take some time.
The second site is already starting into the cleanup phase and the  clinical signs are abating and so they are moving quite well into that phase.
Very similar to the first site, they have very much increased the biosecurity around their site.
They've stopped movement of animals and they've reacted very quickly to try and contain this on the site.
As with the first case, in the second case there was extremely rapid action taken both by the producer and the veterinarian in noticing and diagnosing the virus.
That's critical to being able to contain it and prevent the spread.
Early detection and early diagnosis are very very important and we encourage everybody to please check out all cases of diarrhea that are unusual in your barn with your veterinarian.

Dr. Keenliside says, although high traffic hog site surveillance continues to show negative results suggesting no further spread, high traffic sites should always be considered potentially infected and the highest levels of biosecurity should be maintained.

Source : farmscape

Trending Video

Secure Your Pig Herd with AgView | Streamline Disease Defense with Traceability

Video: Secure Your Pig Herd with AgView | Streamline Disease Defense with Traceability

Join Jill Brokaw, a third-generation pig farmer and staff member of the National Pork Board, as she dives into a resource developed by the National Pork Board, paid for with Pork Checkoff funds. AgView is a pivotal tool, enabling swift and efficient responses to potential foreign animal disease outbreaks by allowing producers to securely share location and pig movement data with State Animal Health Officials to rapidly contain the disease threat and determine where the disease is or is not present.

Why Should Pork Producers Care? AgView standardizes and streamlines how America's pig farmers communicate information to animal health officials that supports business continuity in an outbreak. It is an entirely voluntary tool where you continue to own and control your data.

Getting Started with AgView: Getting started is incredibly easy. You can access the platform on any device. Producers can upload data directly to their AgView Account or work with the National Pork Board to connect the platform using an application programming interface or API.

Takeaway: AgView was built to be the path to protection that helps producers and officials respond to a foreign animal disease emergency the minute a threat arises, providing the critical information needed to manage a foreign disease crisis.