Eliminating On-Farm PED Outbreaks: PART TWO

September 27, 2019 | by admin

Excerpt from Better Pork magazine article authored by Dr. Jessica Law of Prairie Swine Health Services:

Part two regarding the process to follow in consultation with your vet to overcome a PED infection

Since writing and publishing my June Better Pork article on porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) elimination, the number of PED cases in Manitoba has increased. By the first week of May, Manitoba had two cases of PED in 2019. As of July 9, the province had 53 cases of PED in the 2019 outbreak.

the producers and staff at the western Canadian sites that experienced outbreaks of PED early in the year were entering or completing the clean-up and elimination phase. The length of time this phase takes depends on the production phase and individual characteristics of the site.

In my June article, I discussed the initial steps producers and their veterinarians should take after a PED outbreak occurs. This process includes biocontainment, laboratory confirmation, herd exposure and piglet euthanasia.

In this article, I will discuss the steps that the producer typically takes in consultation with his or her vet after exposing the hed to PED to achieve elimination.

Read the full article to learn more about:

  • Why PED elimination is possible in almost every case
  • Why internal biocontainment measures and disinfection are critical
  • Keys to proper inspection
  • More