Deadly pig virus confirmed on Prince Edward Island
Porcine epidemic diarrhea kills piglets
The first case of a deadly pig virus have been confirmed on Prince Edward Island, according to tests at the National Centre of Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg.
Porcine epidemic diarrhea was detected at a P.E.I. farm, which has not being identified. It's the first case of the virus in the Maritimes.
“The virus can spread and so that's why producers need to be vigilant about any potential things that can bring that virus to their farm and producers have had training in biosecurity and have procedures to prevent its entry,” said Dan Hurnik, with the Atlantic Veterinary College in Charlottetown.
Hurnik said there have been no other reported cases of the pig virus on P.E.I.
The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network issued a bulletin on Thursday about a suspected case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus detected by a veterinary lab on the Island overnight Wednesday.
Investigations have already started looking into how the virus arrived on the farm.
The virus is highly contagious and it has already killed millions of piglets in the United States. So far, vaccines haven't worked.
The virus originated in China and has been confirmed in Manitoba and Ontario.
The disease poses no risk to human health or safety.