Thursday, October 2, 2014

Ontario gaining on PED

The Ontario Pork Council says the swine industry is proving that it can get rid of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

It reports that its Area Regional Control and Elimination (ARC&E) protocol has so far successfully eliminated the virus from 10 nursery sites, 10 finishing sites and 12 sow sites, some of which are farrow-to-finish operations.

It’s on track to eliminate the virus from 123 of the 127 sites that have been identified as infected by the end of this year and by all but one of the 127 by next year.

Ninety-four of the 127 sites are enrolled in the ARC&E program.

There have been 63 confirmed outbreaks of the virus since January, but only five since April. The most recent one was July 21.

Manitoba had been quiet for months, but has had three recent outbreaks.