As of Jan. 31, no other cases had been identified in the province and the source of the virus has not been determined. No pigs have left the central-Alberta farrow-to-finish operation since the virus was discovered on the premises. | File photo

PED stays contained in Alberta

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in Alberta has so far affected only one farm, the initial farm that was confirmed with the virus Jan. 8. As of Jan. 31, no other cases had been identified in the province and the source of the virus has not been determined. No pigs have left the central-Alberta farrow-to-finish operation […] Read more

Manitoba’s swine veterinarians hope to see porcine epidemic diarrhea virus disappear from the provincial herd within weeks.
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War on PED almost over in Man.

Manitoba’s swine veterinarians hope to see porcine epidemic diarrhea virus disappear from the provincial herd within weeks. The last active infection was found Jan. 25 in a few animals on a previously infected farm, and control efforts there appear to have stopped it spread. “We haven’t seen any spread from that site since,” Glen Duizer […] Read more

Much of the emphasis on biosecurity to keep out the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has been on truck hygiene, but new research shows spread through feed, even over long distances, is also a significant concern.  |  File photo

Research shows feed can spread PED

Simulation of overseas shipment revealed the deadly hog virus can survive in soybean meal for several weeks

BANFF, Alta. — The virus that causes deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus is proving to be a pesky survivor that can cross the ocean and remain viable in feed. PED has killed millions of piglets in the United States since 2013 and has also infected more than 100 barns in Canada, primarily in Ontario and […] 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

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


Officials say the Ontario farmers who have decided to live with PED rather than eradicate it from their herds could be a source of future cross contamination.  |  File photo

Farms opt to live with PED

BANFF, Alta. — Several hog operations in Ontario have decided to live with porcine infectious diarrhea (PED) infection in their barns rather than eliminate it. That potentially puts other hog operations at risk of infection or re-infection after concerted efforts to eliminate the disease elsewhere in Canada. Dr. Doug MacDougald of South West Ontario Veterinary […] Read more

Feed containing dried porcine plasma has been linked to PED transmission and has led most producers to stop using products containing those ingredients.  |File photo

U.S. study confirms PED-feed connection

Strict protocols needed | Study finds the deadly illness can even be transmitted by feed dust

A U.S. study proving porcine epidemic diarrhea can be transmitted through feed has Canadian veterinarians on alert. Feed containing dried porcine plasma has been linked to PED transmission and has led most producers to stop using products containing those ingredients. However, the latest study shows the illness can be spread through other feed and even […] Read more