Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)
PEDv Telephone Town Hall audio recordings:
Note: For PEDv Telephone Town Hall audio recordings prior to 2018, visit the PEDv Archives webpage.
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) can affect all pigs and is often fatal to newborn pigs under 7 to 10 days of age. However, it does not affect any other species, including humans, and is not a food safety issue. PEDv is primarily transmitted through feces. Clinical signs include excessive scouring, wasting, vomiting, and newborn mortality. A high standard of biosecurity is the most effective method for preventing PEDv from arriving on your premise. Click here for information and resources on biosecurity.
This PEDv Informational Pamphlet (dated December 2013) provides some additional information about the disease – how to prevent it, how to identify it, and what to do if you detect it. Équipe québécoise de santé porcine (EQSP) compiled information about the effectiveness of various disinfectants on PEDv in this report.
The initial cases of PED that occurred in Canada (in Ontario) in 2014 were believed to be associated with porcine plasma products in feed. The National Pork Board (US) has put together a factsheet on the information we know to date about feed acting as a vector for PEDv.
Managing a PED Affected Farm
PEDv is a reportable disease in Manitoba. Producers that suspect a case of PED on their farm must immediately report it to their herd veterinarian.
If you suspect your herd has contracted PEDv or another highly-virulent swine disease, immediately contact your herd veterinarian, halt all pig movements on /off your site, and delay all farm visits from service providers. Communication is critical in preventing the spread of virus to other pig sites. View the guide Managing a PED Affected Farm to find out what to do when your herd has initially been affected by PED.