A hog operation in Alberta has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, Alberta Pork said in a statement on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.
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A second Alberta farm has been infected with porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED), a contagious virus that has killed millions of piglets in the United States.The Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian confirmed the outbreak, on a 600-head hog operation, on Thursday. The exact location of the farm has not been disclosed.This is the second-ever reported case of PED in Alberta. The first case — on a farm in the central region of the province — was reported in January 2019.PED is a frightening disease for western Canadian pork producers. Though it does not affect market access and poses no health risks to humans, the virus kills up to 100 per cent of nursing piglets that catch it — resulting in financial and emotional suffering for individual farmers. The disease has been found in Ontario, Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, though its greatest impact has been in the U.S., where an outbreak that began in 2013 killed so many animals nation-wide that it drove up the price of pork and bacon.Related An investigation is being conducted into both cases, however, officials have not yet determined a source for either outbreak. it is uncertain whether the first and second reported cases of PED are linked in any way.Pig traffic to and from the infected site has been halted and enhanced biosecurity measures have been implemented.More to firstname.lastname@example.orgTwitter.com/AmandaMsteph