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Manitoba reports two new PED cases; 29 in transitional status

National Pork Board Sow with a large litter of white pigs
Producers need to stay vigilant with heightened biosecurity measures.

Source: Manitoba Pork
Two new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea have been reported in Manitoba pork herds since Oct. 13, infecting a finisher site and a nursery/finisher operation. This brings the total cases to 80 in this outbreak, but on a positive note, 29 previously infected premises have achieved PED Transitional status, meaning that all the animals on the site are no longer clinically sick.

As well, certain groups of animals on the site are no longer shedding the virus. On sow farms, it also means that the site is able to wean PED-negative piglets. There have also been 11 sites that previously held PED Transitional status that have been moved to Presumptive Negative for PED. That means these previously infected premises have confirmed that all pigs and pig contact areas are now negative; however, manure storages may be contaminated.

Producers are encouraged to remain vigilant with heightened biosecurity practices into the fall season. Cooler weather, less direct sunlight, increased field traffic and unfavorable road conditions could lead to increased viral survivability and spread.

For further information, contact Jenelle Hamblin, Manitoba Pork’s manager of Swine Health Programs, at 204-235-4442.

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