Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)
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 premises. Scroll down for more information.
Do Your Part
Our goal is to eliminate 96% of PED infections from the high-risk area (HRA) of Manitoba by 2027.
In doing so, the overall risk of PED to the Manitoba swine sector will be reduced.
Key Plan Outcomes
- Enhanced biosecurity across the sector
- 50% reduction in cases year over year
- Decreased length of time a farm is infected with PED
- Decreased number of contaminated manure storages over time The PED elimination plan will be regularly evaluated with adjustments made as needed.
Everyone in Our Sector Needs to Do Their Part to Stop the Spread of PED
Diligence and dedication are the keys to successfully eliminating PED through:
- Regular surveillance on-farm and at high traffic sites
- Testing animals before movement off-farm
- Enhanced biosecurity within the high-risk area
- Rapid and aggressive elimination of new infection
- Strict biocontainment of infected farms
- Limiting high-risk animal movements
All PED elimination activities must be performed in accordance with your herd veterinarian and in consultation with the PED disease response, co-led by Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Office and Manitoba Pork.
Click here for Manitoba Pork's Biosecurity webpage, with general biosecurity information and resources.
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.
Communication in a disease outbreak can drastically limit the spread of the disease to other farms and can also help affected producers get the support they need. Those producers wanting to participate in the Manitoba Coordinated Disease Response (MCDR) initiative, which currently covers PED and PRRS, can fill out the MCDR Agreement for their farm and call Jenelle Hamblin for more information.
Director, Swine Health