Alberta Pork has confirmed a fourth case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in the province, while a fifth case was also detected. The highly contagious virus that affects hogs, was first discovered in Alberta back in January. Since then, the province has recorded a case once a month, aside from this recent discovery of two cases; however the fifth case remains to be confirmed by the provincial veterinarian.
The organization continues to work closely with industry and remains active in all parts of the investigation. According to a news release, in all cases pig movements were stopped immediately following discovery of the disease.
Alberta Pork urges pork producers in the province to make sure their biosecurity measures are at the highest standards during this time. Any producers operating within the 60-kilometre buffer zone surrounding the affected farm operation will be notified separately and provided additional biosecurity instruction.
In an effort to stop the movement of the virus, producers should also consult their herd veterinarians before making shipping decisions as a precaution if herd health issues are suspected.