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Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus has been likened to COVID-19 and new, more-infectious variants are prompting health officials to call for increased surveillance and vaccination.

More-infectious strains of respiratory virus hitting hog farms

Virus has hundreds of strains and new ones up the need for surveillance and vaccination

A highly virulent strain of Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome virus has pork officials stressing the importance of surveillance and vaccination programs. There is also a need for a co-ordinated approach, industry officials from Ontario and the U.S. Midwest said during a recent webinar. Although there are hundreds of strains of the virus, Dr. Marty

Pigs in a feeding pen.

Manitoba’s hog industry holding the line against PED

Discovery of Delta coronavirus at six Ontario sites shows a ‘portal’ is letting in new diseases, says vet

Biosecurity measures undertaken by all sectors of the hog industry have managed to hold the line against the highly contagious porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, (PEDv). Manitoba has experienced just one infected premise in Manitoba and two positive swabs at high hog traffic areas, said Karl Kynoch, chair of the Manitoba Pork Council. “That’s hugely positive


USDA sees pig virus limiting hog supply; cattle prices up

Southern Plains drought also limiting 
herd expansion

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Feb. 20 that the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) through the U.S. hog herd will “sharply limit” the supply of hogs compared to earlier expectations. “Mortality rates due to PEDv have been highest among young piglets which have curtailed the growth in the number of pigs per