A third hog operation in Alberta has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus, a disease that has killed millions of piglets in the United States.
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A third hog operation in Alberta has contracted the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, a disease that has killed millions of piglets in the United States.The outbreak follows two other cases in the province since January. None of the farms has been publicly identified.The pig virus poses no risk to human health and pork products remain safe for consumption. However, its high mortality rate among nursing piglets means farmers whose operations become infected with the disease often suffer financially and emotionally.Government and industry officials have been working to investigate all three outbreaks. However, Alberta Pork said Friday no source or link between the cases has yet been found. Producers are being asked to consider enhancing biosecurity on-farm and in animal transportation and to consider any place off-farm, such as an abattoir, as a potential source for bringing disease to their herd. Producers are also asked to consult their veterinarians before making shipping decisions if herd health issues are suspected.The pig virus‘s eventual entry into Alberta has been an ongoing fear since the first Canadian cases appeared in Ontario in 2014. Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec have also had cases. Although P.E.I. and Quebec managed to get control of the disease, Manitoba saw it spread significantly in 2017, reporting 80 infected premises that year. The U.S. suffered a widespread outbreak in 2013 and 2014 and has lost millions of piglets to the disease.Related email@example.comTwitter.com/AmandaMsteph