Friday, July 5, 2019

Senacavirus identified in Ontario herd

A veterinarian has identified senecavirus in a sow herd and, as required, reported it to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

It’s the first case on an Ontario farm, but senecavirus has been identified by CFIA inspectors at Ontario packing plants.Those pigs probably came from the United States.

The disease, which is no threat to human health, shares some symptoms with foot and mouth disease, such as blisters on heads and along blood veins.

Pigs become lethargic and lame and nursing piglets can die.

It usually spreads pig to pig, so the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is checking all herds where pigs had contacts with pigs from the infected herd.