Friday, November 21, 2014

Nursery barn in Perth has PED

There has been another breakout of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, this time hitting a nursery barn in Perth County.

The break is reported on the internet by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. There is no comment on what happened.

The Stratford Beacon Herald also carried a story this week quoting Dr. Doug McDougald cautioning farmers to be vigilant because the return of cold weather increases the risk of this deadly virus spreading.

It wipes out virtually all new-born piglets, but older pigs usually recover after flu-like symptoms for a week to 10 days.

The Stratford Beacon Herald says McDougald guesses there will be about 20 PED outbreaks in Ontario this year and says he’s optimistic the virus can eventually be eradicated from the hog industry in Ontario.