|Cases of PED have been identified in other provinces. There are no reported cases of PED in pigs in Alberta (see update below on an environmental PED-positive sample). While PED does not pose a risk to human health, it is a highly contagious hog disease that has resulted in the death of a large number of animals in the U.S.
October 29, 2014 - PED virus detected at pig-handling facility in Alberta
During the ongoing surveillance activities being conducted in partnership between the Alberta government and the pork industry, the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus has been detected at a pig-handling facility in Alberta. This environmental sample was not taken from a farm or a sick animal. There are no reported cases of PED in pigs in Alberta.
The positive sample was taken from an office space. Other samples taken in high pig-traffic areas at the same site, such as the loading dock and scales, came back negative.
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is working closely with the facility and the pork industry to investigate the situation and to keep producers informed. Together with the pork industry, we have been preparing for the possibility of PED. A plan is in place to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease, investigate and manage the situation.
This positive test serves as a reminder to producers that any high pig-traffic site or vehicle could potentially be contaminated with PED or swine delta coronavirus (see SDCV below), at any time. Producers must work closely with their livestock hauler to ensure all trucks are cleaned, disinfected and dried every time before entering a farm.
Other biosecurity measures, such as requiring clean boots and clothing for all barn visitors and cleaning and disinfecting load-out areas, should also be strictly enforced.
Contact your veterinarian if you have questions about biosecurity for your premises.
Swine Delta Coronavirus (SDCV)
Other sources of information about PED
Information on PED from other sites in Canada and the U.S.
About Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)