PEDv hits more Ont. farrowing barns

The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, most often fatal to new young piglets, has appeared so far this week at three more farrow-to-finish operations in southwestern Ontario.

Ontario Pork on its website reported two new cases of PEDv at farrow-to-finish barns in Perth and Wellington counties, confirmed Wednesday, along with a case confirmed Tuesday at another farrow-to-finish operation in the Chatham-Kent area.

The new cases bring Ontario’s total number of affected farms to eight since the first was confirmed Jan. 22 in Middlesex County.

The virus causes vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration in pigs, most severely affecting nursing piglets, an age group in which mortalities can reach up to 100 per cent. In growing pigs, the virus leads to widespread diarrhea but with relatively low death losses.

The provincial government, starting Monday, is accepting applications from hog producers, truckers, abattoirs, assembly facilities and rendering service providers for funding to “enhance their biosecurity investments” against PEDv.

Applications and more information are available online.AGCanada.com Network

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