By Dr. Betty Althouse, DVM, Chief Veterinary Officer
As you are aware, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PED) outbreak in Manitoba is increasing daily.
Investigations to date have identified a number of factors that may be contributing to the spread of PED between farms. We are asking that each producer in Saskatchewan review this list and ask themselves, “Is this happening on my operation?” If any of these factors are present, please consider how they can be changed to help protect not only your operation, but the Saskatchewan swine industry as a whole.
Risk factors that have been identified:
- Shared staff between farms.
- Shared equipment between farms.
- Transport issues - partial loads collected at multiple sites. This is especially a problem when the first load is from a pre-clinical positive herd, as the transport can then spread the virus to all subsequent farms visited.
- Barn equipment such as hoses that are used outside then moved back into the barn.
- Direct animal spread – pre-clinical positive animals moving to other sites.
- Clean and dirty trucks using the same scales and fuel stations.
- Movement or storage of garbage and deadstock on the same driveway as staff or visitor entry.
It is extremely important that everyone continues to focus and enforce day-to-day preventive biosecurity practices.