Alberta Pork has notified pork producers that a 400-head hog operation has tested positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus. According to a news release, this is the first-ever reported case of the deadly disease in Alberta. Once hogs come into contact with the disease, it causes severe diarrhea and vomiting in pigs, often fatally.
The organization says it’s working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) to fully investigate the outbreak and to prevent the disease from spreading. RealAgriculture is waiting to hear back from AAF as for details about where the farm is located and what date PEDv was discovered.
There is no risk to human health and this finding has not caused any food safety concerns for pork products in the province.
The first national case of PEDv was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in January 2014 on a hog farm in Ontario. Since then, the disease has also been reported in Manitoba, Quebec, and Prince Edward Island. Most recently, two environmental cases were found in Saskatchewan.
This announcement comes as those in the pork sector are meeting at Banff, Alta., for the Banff Pork Seminar.
An update provided by Alberta Pork on January 15, says no other cases of PED have been identified on farms in Alberta at this point.
“Since the outbreak was discovered, no pigs have left the affected farm, and no pigs from the affected farm have been sent to market. No pigs will be moved from this farm until a veterinarian’s certificate can be provided,” the organization stated adding that all producers are reminded to be diligent with their biosecurity protocols during this critical time.