Ontario hog farmers are experiencing a high degree of success ridding their herds of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.
Lori Moser of the Ontario Pork Industry Council reports that 122 sites have enrolled in the PED control and eradication protocols.
According to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs data, there have been 81 primary cases (i.e. outbreaks) of PED in Ontario.
Fifty of these primary cases are enrolled in the Area Regional Control and Eradiation (ARC&E) protocols, equivalent to 63 per cent of the outbreaks.
Twelve new PED primary cases have been listed on the OMAFRA website since Jan. 1.
Seventy-two per cent of all sites enrolled in the ARC&E to date have eliminated PED, reports Moser.
“When cases which broke six months or more ago are considered, 85 per cent of PED positive sites enrolled in the ARC&E have eliminated PED and returned to presumed negative status,” she writes.