is part of the Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

  • American Agriculturist
  • Beef Producer
  • Corn and Soybean Digest
  • Dakota Farmer
  • Delta Farm Press
  • Farm Futures
  • Farm Industry news
  • Indiana Prairie Farmer
  • Kansas Farmer
  • Michigan Farmer
  • Missouri Ruralist
  • Nebraska Farmer
  • Ohio Farmer
  • Prairie Farmer
  • Southeast Farm Press
  • Southwest Farm Press
  • The Farmer
  • Wallaces Farmer
  • Western Farm Press
  • Western Farmer Stockman
  • Wisconsin Agriculturist
PEDV Continues Spread In Swine Herds

PEDV Continues Spread In Swine Herds

Pork producers urged to keep tight rein on farm security in wake of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus

Nearly two months after it was first confirmed in the United States, the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is continuing its spread across the country, now confirmed in 15 states.

According to the National Pork Board, more than 330 cases have been confirmed in Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and South Dakota.

The virus, which appears with similar symptoms as transmissible gastroenteritis, was first detected in Iowa, and though it had not been previously reported in the U.S., it has been present in Great Britain, China, Korea and Japan.

While PEDV poses no threat to food safety or human health, it is known to cause high mortality rates among piglets

While the disease poses no threat to food safety or human health, it is known to cause high mortality rates among piglets. It is transmitted via the fecal-oral route and symptoms may appear within 12 to 36 hours of onset.

Because the disease can be transmitted on farm workers' clothing or by other pigs, the National Pork Board recommends the pork producers focus on improving transportation and on-farm biosecurity to limit its spread.

First, when going to another site or packing plant, NPB advises producers to wear coveralls and boots to prevent contamination in the cab of the trailer and to minimize exposure to other pigs. Also, disinfect trailers and vehicle cabs, preferably using a 2% phenol-based disinfectant.

North Carolina veterinarian Dr. Matthew Turner said also that the virus can live on chutes and other handling tools. Therefore, it's necessary to isolate and monitor pigs coming on to farm premises, and provide disposable boots and clothing covering for workers and transport drivers.

Though little is known about the origin of the virus, the National Pork Board last month approved $450,000 in pork checkoff dollars to research where it started and fund control measures.

The funds are in addition to money already pledged by the Iowa Pork Producers Association. Together, total funds for research amount to $527,000.

More on PEDV:
USDA Detects Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus
Pork Board Keeping PEDV Top-Of-Mind
Pork Checkoff Still Battling PEDV Questions
Hog Producers See PEDV

Hide comments


  • Allowed HTML tags: <em> <strong> <blockquote> <br> <p>

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.