Virus deadly to pigs found on 2nd Alberta farm
Porcine epidemic diarrhea found on a 600-head operation, says Alberta Pork
Alberta Pork says a second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea has turned up in the province.
The producer group says the new case is at a 600-head farrow-to-finish operation, but it doesn't say where.
The first PED case in Alberta was detected last month at a 400-head farm in central Alberta.
The disease affects pigs but poses no risk to human health.
For newborn piglets — those less than a week old — mortality rates are up to 100 per cent.
PED infects the cells lining the small intestine of a pig. It is generally considered fatal, especially among younger animals which haven't developed the reserves to fight off the disease and absorb nutrients.
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In January, a Camrose-based veterinarian specializing in swine health said that PED is a serious threat to Alberta's pork industry.
"There is not a lot a person can do when they're battling against this," said Frank Marshall, who is also a sessional instructor in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary.
The first Canadian case was confirmed in January 2014 on a swine farm in Ontario and has since been reported in Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.
With files from CBC News