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Jessica Anderson, an agricultural specialist for U.S. Customs Border and Protection, works with a beagle named Bettie to sniff out banned pork products at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

African swine fever poses global threat

Disease that killed millions of China’s pigs is prompting worry and planning around the world

Bettie the beagle, a detector dog for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, picked up the scent of pork on a woman arriving from China at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Soon the dog’s handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from

Bulgaria has reported more than 30 outbreaks of swine fever.

EU fights ‘urgent challenge’ of African swine fever spread

Of the 10 nations affected, Bulgaria and Romania are hardest hit

Reuters – The European Union faces an urgent challenge in tackling an outbreak of African swine fever which threatens Bulgaria’s pig-breeding industry, a commission spokeswoman said August 8. Ten EU nations are currently affected by African swine fever, with particularly bad outbreaks in Bulgaria and its neighbour Romania. Slovakia was affected by the disease in


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

Ramping up roadblocks for PED

The Manitoba Pork Council has advised additional precautions in southeastern Manitoba, which has seen three PED confirmations in the last week.

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

Glen Duizer confirms the presence of the PED virus in Manitoba.

Vigilance needed more than ever now that PED in province

While industry and provincial officials work to keep it contained, 
investigations continue into the source of the spread

While provincial and industry officials worked to contain Manitoba’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PEDv) this week, attention shifted to a pig plasma feed ingredient as a possible source of transmission. Landmark Feeds, which is owned by Nutreco, issued a statement late last week saying a plasma-based feed additive for newborn piglets is suspected


Russia Reports Three More Swine Fever Outbreaks

news moscow / reuters / Russia s animal and plant health watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor said Nov. 7 it had registered three new outbreaks of African swine fever (ASF), in the Rostov, Voronezh and Kursk regions bordering Ukraine. Unlike most previous cases, when ASF was discovered at small backyard farms, in Voronezh it was discovered at a

Don’t Just Worry. Practise Equine Biosecurity

staff / The Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer issued an alert Oct. 19 urging Manitoba horse owners to incorporate basic biosecurity into their horse handling and travels after reports that a recent outbreak of Equine herpes virus myelonencephalopathy (EHM) may have a Brandon connection. Three horses from an out-of-province facility began exhibiting clinical signs

In Brief… – for Jul. 22, 2010

New faces at the NFU: The Saskatoon-based National Farmers Union has a new administration after incumbents Darrin Qualman and Terry Pugh resigned to pursue other opportunities. Ross Hinther, a Saskatoon-area cattle and organic grains farmer, is the NFU’s new director of research. Kevin Wipf, formerly a political science and public policy instructor at the University


Glaxo’s Rotavirus Vaccine Use Suspended

U. S. doctors have been told to temporarily stop using GlaxoSmithKline Plc’sRotarix vaccine against a diarrhea-causing virus called rotavirus because it is contaminated with porcine circovirus Type 1, the company said March 22. The virus is not known to cause disease in humans or animals, but the U. S. Food and Drug Administration is suspending

New Pig Disease Poses A Puzzle

“These pigs look very similar to pigs that simply starve to death.” – JOHN HARDING, U OF S Scientists at the University of Saskatchewan have discovered a new and baffling swine ailment in which newly weaned pigs fail to eat and starve to death. Postweaning Wasting/ Catabolic Syndrome (PWCS), can cause death losses of up