The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was diagnosed this week at the Oklahoma Youth Expo. Several pigs have become ill and it is assumed most pigs that were at the show have been exposed.
All attendees at the 2019 Night of Stars and the gilt and/or barrow shows specifically, and the Oklahoma Youth Expo in general, are urged to use the strictest biosecurity possible upon return to farms.
Biosecurity protocols should include:
- If taking animals from OYE home to the farm, isolate those animals until it can be confirmed they have not been exposed or are contagious. This is a highly infectious disease where a very small amount of virus can cause an infection in pigs.
- Do not wear the same clothes, shoes, caps, jackets, etc. worn at OYE once arriving home. Clean and disinfect shoes, clothes and outerwear as soon as possible.
- Clean and disinfect trailer and any tack or equipment that was at OYE. It is best if to clean and disinfect at a location not on farm.
- Dispose of any unused feed that was in the barns at OYE. It is possible for virus particles to survive on feedstuffs for some time.
- Monitor all animals daily for illness. If there are any signs of illness alert a veterinarian immediately.
- If your pigs do get ill, it is very important to manage biosecurity off the farm as well. Do not go visit other farms. Shower and put on clean clothes and shoes before leaving the farm.
PED causes a transient illness in feeder pigs and mature swine. In baby pigs it can cause up to 100% mortality. It is very contagious and can be transmitted easily on fomites. Howver, PED virus is not a human health risk, and pork is is safe to eat.
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