Another farm in Alberta has broke with porcine epidemic diarrhea. Alberta Pork is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fully investigate the outbreak at the 600-head farrow-to-finish hog operation.
This is the second-ever reported case of PED in Alberta. The first case was reported in January. Since then, provincial stakeholders have been monitoring the situation to determine a source for that outbreak, but none has been found. At this time, it is uncertain whether the first and second reported cases of PED are linked in any way.
Strict biosecurity protocols are of utmost importance in limiting the impact of disease in agriculture. Alberta Pork is urging producers to consider enhancing biosecurity on-farm and in animal transportation. Producers are also encouraged to submit all swine manifests, including farm-to-farm movements, in a timely manner.
Producers are reminded to review their farms’ biosecurity policies regularly and consult Alberta Pork or herd veterinarian as required. Producers should also consult their herd veterinarians before making shipping decisions as a precaution if herd health issues are suspected.
PED affects pigs but poses no risk to human health. This incident has not caused any food safety concerns, and pork products remain safe for consumption. Alberta Pork will continue to communicate updates on this outbreak as new information is received.