With three cases of PED confirmed within kilometres of each other in southern Manitoba, both the province and Manitoba Pork Council are looking to stop the spread of the virus.
- Read more: Investigators tracking PED infections
The pork council has released the following recommendations to increase biosecurity in the affected region:
Producers are encouraged to:
- Park all staff vehicles at the end of the driveway and wear dedicated footwear or plastic booties in the yard.
- Only allow essential service providers to visit the site, and insist they park at the end of the driveway and wear booties in the yard.
- Push all garbage and dead stock pick-ups to the end of the driveway (if not already in effect) and away from where barn personnel and visitors will park.
- Consider liming the driveways between the parking area and the barn – enough space to ensure all livestock and feed trucks entering the yard will get at least a full tire rotation’s worth of coverage.
Service providers are encouraged to:
- Schedule visits within the area for the end of the week, if possible, or at least for last of the day, followed by a cleaning and disinfection procedure.
- If necessary to visit a site, park at the end of the driveway, put on plastic booties when exiting the vehicle, and remove the booties when returning to the vehicle.
- Minimize the amount of site contact to the essential service areas, only getting out of your vehicle when necessary.