Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus appears to be spreading from packing-plant unloading docks to hog farms.
The Ontario Pork Industry Council is stepping up its surveillance of federally-inspected hog slaughter plants because of the pattern of nine outbreaks, most of them at finishing barns.
So far six of the 30 samples it has tested, or 20 per cent, have contained the virus.
The council is alerting hog farmers to step up their biosecurity measures.
It recommends that farmers consult their veterinarian and check the websites for either the Ontario Pork marketing board or OPIC for biosecurity protocols.
The council writes in a statement released today that “surveillance and trace back results indicate that producers and truckers should consider processing facilities, abattoirs and assembly yards as high risk for PEDV transmission and should take appropriate biosecurity precautions.”