Deadly pig virus shows up in Manitoba
Provincial officials say Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus not a food safety issue
A deadly and contagious pig virus has spread to Manitoba.
The Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba says the virus has surfaced at an unidentified farm in the southeast part of the province.
The exact location of the farm is not being made known by the CVO.
The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has killed millions of piglets in the United States and there are 12 confirmed cases in Ontario, which was the first province to report a case.
However, officials say there is no risk to human health or food safety.
The next few days is going to be very crucial and critical as we go forward trying to figure out where it's come from.- Manitoba Pork chair Karl Kynoch
"PEDv is fatal for very young pigs while most older pigs recover. The virus does not affect food safety and is not a risk to human health or other animals. Pork remains a safe choice for consumers to eat," states a release from the Manitoba Pork Council.
“We are following a response plan we had in place in collaboration with the CVO. The site has been contained and neighbours in the area are being contacted by veterinarians,” said Manitoba Pork chair Karl Kynoch, lauding the producer for working closely with the CVO.
"One of the big things is going to be trying to contain it to that farm, and trying to clean up and eliminate it. Right now, the next few days is going to be very crucial and critical as we go forward trying to figure out where it's come from."
PEDv is highly contagious, so it’s crucial producers maintain strict protocols and contact a veterinarian immediately if they see animals showing signs of illness, Kynoch added.
“Strict biosecurity practices can reduce the potential for outbreaks,” he said. “All trucks and trailers coming onto your site must be properly washed and disinfected.
"It is your responsibility to make sure that all trailers are clean before they back up to your barn.”