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


Hog producers say forcing hog trucks to be cleaned in the United States will increase the risk of a PED outbreak in Canada.  |  File photo

CFIA starts enforcing truck wash rule

Ottawa says it has no choice but to require hog trucks to be washed in the United States, but producers aren’t convinced

Western Canadian hog producer groups say the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is more intent on obeying the letter of the law than on keeping a deadly swine disease from contaminating farms. As of May 2, the CFIA began enforcing regulations that require hog transport trucks returning to Canada to wash on the U.S. side of […] Read more

Most of the Ontario farms on which porcine epidemic diarrhea has been found have either eliminated the virus or have plans to do so this year.  |  File photo

More PED found in Ontario

Three new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus were reported on Ontario hog farms in January. One new case was confirmed Jan. 15 in a farrow to partial finish operation in Bruce County, a second was confirmed Jan. 21 in a Huron County finishing barn and a third was confirmed Jan. 28 in another Bruce […] Read more

PED is not a reportable disease and there are no regulations requiring producers to eliminate it in their barns. The virus was first found in Canada in 2014. | File photo

Three new cases of PED confirmed in Ontario in January

Three new cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus were reported on Ontario hog farms in January. One new case was confirmed Jan. 15 in a farrow to partial finish operation in Bruce County, a second was confirmed Jan. 21 in a Huron County finishing barn and a third was confirmed Jan. 28 in another […] Read more


There is an as yet unexplored human cost to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. | File photo

Dark days for the hog industry

PED takes a toll Virus hard 
on animals, heartbreaking for hog producers who get the news and are faced with tough decisions

There is an as yet unexplored human cost to porcine epidemic diarrhea virus. Dr. Egan Brockhoff, an Alberta veterinarian who has seen PED do its deadly work in Asian and American hog barns, has also seen the emotional toll it takes on hog producers who have it in their barns. “It’s a heartbreaking disease. This […] Read more

Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec have each confirmed one case, and each of those is considered to be contained. The bulk of cases are in Ontario.
Industry veterinarians monitoring the deadly virus are encouraged by the limited spread. | File photo

PED still spreading — slowly

Another Ontario case | Veterinarians encouraged by limited spread of hog virus

The number of porcine epidemic diarrhea cases found on Canadian hog operations rose to 27 Feb. 28 with the confirmation of another case in Ontario. Manitoba, Prince Edward Island and Quebec have each confirmed one case, and each of those is considered to be contained. The bulk of cases are in Ontario. Industry veterinarians monitoring […] Read more