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Sample tests show weak positive for PED in Western Canada

A sample collected by Alberta’s swine disease surveillance programme has shown a weak environmental positive for porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus.

28 January 2020, at 11:13am

According to reporting from Farms.com, the sample was taken from a site in Alberta and analysed at the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry laboratory on 22 January.

Alberta Pork, an industry group, is working closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to mitigate any risks of exposure to PED. Producers and industry partners directly affected have been notified and all parties are cooperating with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry and Alberta Pork.

The industry is encouraging producers to enact strict biosecurity protocols, stressing that these are of the utmost importance in limiting the spread of disease. The statement from Farms.com’s reporting emphasises the need for producers and industry partners to remain vigilant. Biosecurity should be observed on-farm and during animal transportation. Be sure to properly wash transport trailers and equipment, and submit all swine manifests, including farm-to-farm movements, to Alberta Pork in a timely manner. Biosecurity and traceability are important parts of effective disease prevention.

All producers and industry partners are encouraged to consult the materials found in Alberta Pork’s online Health Toolbox.

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