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Pork industry nervous as newest PED cases confirmed

Manitoba’s PED record rises to 15 cases total and five this year

Another two barns in southeast Manitoba have tested positive for porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the fourth and fifth cases of the disease this year. A finisher and sow barn were confirmed PED positive in the space of two days. Manitoba Pork Council general manager Andrew Dickson said finisher barn staff noticed symptoms May 14.

Investigators tracking PED infections

Another case of PED was confirmed in southeastern Manitoba May 8, bringing the province’s total number of PED cases since 2014 up to 13

Hog producers are on high alert after a third case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) was confirmed within five kilometres of two initial infections May 8. The root of the infections, centred in southeastern Manitoba, is still unknown. “We wish we knew why this is happening because our producers are exercising very high standards of


Health officers in protective clothing cull poultry at a wholesale market, as trade in live poultry was suspended after a spot check at a local street market revealed the presence of H7N9 bird flu virus, in Hong Kong June 7, 2016.

Chinese consumers seem to shrug off deadly bird flu outbreak

Repeated issues with the outbreaks have led citizens of the country to become less alarmed about warnings

Four years ago, a bird flu outbreak in China killed at least three dozen people, triggered mass poultry culling, put masks on millions of Chinese faces and hammered shares in fast-food and travel companies. This winter, more than 100 people have died, but few birds have been slaughtered, there are few masks on the streets

Even very young calves appear to benefit from immunization.


Beef 911: Vaccinating young calves

More vaccines are happening earlier and while performing other procedures

There has been lots of trial work over the years regarding vaccinations of calves and when is the most ideal time. Immunologists debate this but as situations on farms changed and herds got larger, trends changed. Herd owners no longer boostered vaccines at four to six weeks apart, as was often recommended. Summer pneumonias cropped

Poultry biosecurity crucial in fall

Minor illnesses in wild populations can quickly become pandemics

It turns out birds have a flu season too. After years of studying the role of wild birds in outbreaks of avian influenza in domestic poultry flocks, one of Canada’s top public sector veterinarians says the bottom line is farmers need to take precaution in the fall. John Pasick is the national veterinary science authority


PEDv most often is fatal in very young piglets.

Province confirms the 10th case of PEDv

Ten cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea have been confirmed in Manitoba since May 26

The number of confirmed cases of on-farm porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) in Manitoba has officially entered the double digits and more are expected to arise over the next few months. “We are entering the season now where it is getting cooler and damper and those are the ideal conditions for this disease to spread.

PEDv outbreak remains localized

No new cases of PEDv have been found in Manitoba, but possibility of future outbreaks can’t be ruled out

While the origin of recent porcine epidemic diarrhea outbreaks has not been identified, Manitoba’s chief veterinarian has determined the strain is not unique to Manitoba. “What we do know is that all three barns have the same strain of PEDv and that the strain is not one that is unique to Manitoba, it’s been found

Date, destination and licence plate number, please.

Fines coming for not reporting pig shipments

It will no longer just be a warning for those who haven’t complied with 
regulations to report animal movements

You will soon face penalties if you ship pigs without reporting it. “There is a fine structure coming but there has not been a time confirmed yet,” said Jeff Clark, manager of PigTrace Canada, the national swine traceability program. Federal regulations to report pig movements took effect in July of 2014, requiring all shippers and


Nose-to-nose contact is a primary means for transmission of respiratory diseases between horses.

Biosecurity practices for horses

Horse Health: Infectious organisms are effective 'hitchhikers' so avoid sharing water buckets and equipment at shows

Biosecurity measures do not need to be complicated or expensive undertakings to be effective. In fact the simplest of practices can make the most difference. Infectious and contagious diseases are not random events, rather the disease requires a chain of events to manifest — like the perfect storm. The viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal pathogens

Pig producers warned to be on the lookout for virus

Seneca Valley virus is a concern because its symptoms are the same as those for foot-and-mouth

Pork industry leaders are warning producers to be on the lookout for a new virus that has been showing up in hogs in the midwestern U.S. and Canada in recent months. Producers are advised to contact their veterinarians immediately and not move hogs if they detect blisters around their mouth, hoof, or nose. Seneca Valley