Sixty-seven of the 80 Manitoba farms affected by porcine epidemic diarrhea virus between April 28 and Oct. 24 of last year are “presumptive negative,” which means the virus is no longer present, with the possible exception of manure storage.  |  File photo

Hog producers match wits with PED

Manitoba hog producers, veterinarians and others in the industry are nearing the end of a battle against deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus that affected 80 operations between April 28 and Oct. 24 last year. Dr. Glen Duizer, chief veterinary officer for Manitoba, said May 8 that 67 of those operations are “presumptive negative,” which means […] Read more

Even if the disease can be eliminated, close contact with the United States, where the virus is endemic, means the industry will have to be vigilant.  |  File photo

Ontario hog industry confident PED can be beat

BANFF, Alta. — Ontario hog producers have suffered the most among all others in Canada from outbreaks of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The province has had 106 confirmed cases since 2014, the most recent one confirmed Jan. 2 in an Oxford County farrow-feeder operation. Most of those affected operations have eliminated the virus, and Dr. […] Read more

Manitoba hog producers are making steady progress toward eliminating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus from 80 infected premises.
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Manitoba confident it can obliterate PED in province

Manitoba hog producers are making steady progress toward eliminating porcine epidemic diarrhea virus from 80 infected premises. Dr. Glen Duizer of the province’s chief veterinary office said 24 of those 80 are now presumed to have eliminated the virus and another 24 are in the transitional phase and should be deemed free of the virus […] Read more


Hog producers were told to change footwear and clothing between facilities and disinfect vehicles of which they are unsure.  |  Getty photo

War room security measures required to keep PED out

Hog farmers must act like they’re at war when PED arrives in their area. That was the advice of Manitoba Agriculture veterinary specialist Glen Duizer while hosting a meeting via conference call for worried Alberta hog farmers July 19. The sort of biosecurity measures that have been working during “peacetime” conditions should be replaced by […] Read more

The hog industry says it is doing whatever it can to increase biosecurity, but there is a sense that little more can be done to contain PED.  |  File photo

Causes of new PED spread in Manitoba remain a mystery

Hog producers, barn managers, employees and veterinarians in southeastern Manitoba have now been battling porcine epidemic diarrhea virus for more than two months. There were signs in early July that the epidemic was peaking, at around 50 confirmed cases, but a new case was discovered July 12. However, industry leaders remain hopeful that the epidemic […] Read more


The Manitoba Pork Council takes aim at the CFIA for discontinuing the truck washing program and claiming there is no scientific evidence PED is transmitted by trailers hauling infected animals.  |  File photo

PED virus spreading in Man.

Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay has asked the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to examine its transportation protocols as PED virus spreads rapidly in Manitoba. The province has reported 22 cases of the pig disease since May 2. CFIA discontinued a pilot truck washing protocol a year ago that was implemented after the initial 2014 outbreak. […] Read more

Producers are told to ramp up biosecurity measures, including trailer disinfection and strict barn entry protocols.  |  Getty photo

PED spreads in Manitoba

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has infected 10 southeastern Manitoba hog operations since April 29 and producers of the estimated 45 other operations within five kilometres of those barns are on high alert. Dr. Glen Duizer of the Manitoba chief veterinary office said June 2 that six infected farms, two of them farrow operations and four […] Read more

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has infected 10 southeastern Manitoba hog operations since April 29 and producers of the estimated 45 other operations within five kilometres of those barns are on high alert. | File photo

PEDv strikes Manitoba hog barns

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has infected 10 southeastern Manitoba hog operations since April 29 and producers of the estimated 45 other operations within five kilometres of those barns are on high alert. Dr. Glen Duizer of the Manitoba chief veterinary office, said June 2 that six infected farms, two of them farrow operations and four […] Read more


PED is common in the U.S. and is expected to appear from time to time. | File photo

Porcine epidemic diarrhea case found in Manitoba

It’s no shock that an isolated case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus appeared on a Manitoba farm at the beginning of May, says Manitoba Pork. The disease is common in the U.S. and is expected to appear from time to time. “We’re not really surprised,” said spokesperson Mark Fynn. “We know we have the disease […] Read more

Three-and-a-half week old healthy piglets in the animal containment room at VIDO-Intervac .  |  William DeKay photo

PED vaccine welcome news for hog sector

The vaccine developed by researchers 
at Saskatchewan’s VIDO lab has been given conditional approval by the CFIA

The Saskatchewan discovery of a new vaccine could soon put an end to a killer virus that has been decimating North America’s hog industry. The University of Saskatchewan’s Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre recently announced a breakthrough against the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. The disease has killed more than eight million pigs and […] Read more