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Pig virus fears has P.E.I. pork producers on high alert

Scientists are beginning an investigation into the first suspected case of a deadly pig virus on Prince Edward Island.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus confirmed in cases in Manitoba, Ontario

A national agency is reporting the first suspected case of a deadly pig virus in Prince Edward Island. (The Canadian Press)

Scientists are beginning an investigation into the first suspected case of a deadly pig virus on Prince Edward Island.

The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network issued a bulletin on Thursday that said a case of suspected porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was detected by a veterinary lab on the Island overnight Wednesday.

Robert Harding, the board’s executive director, said pork producers are working with local authorities to prevent the spread of the virus.

“There are many pathogens in the world that we don't have in Canada. So that's why there's such a focus on this right now. With a lot of support from everyone in Prince Edward Island, and elsewhere is really important I think as we move forward on this,” he said.

Harding said producers have strengthened biosecurity measures including extensive cleaning of transport vehicles.

The virus originated in China and has already been confirmed in the United States as well as Manitoba and Ontario.

The virus has killed millions of pigs south of the border.

The disease poses no risk to human health or safety.

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