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Deadly pig virus found in the province again

A small number of hogs have tested positive for the porcine epidemic diarrhea  virus (PEDv) at a high-traffic site in eastern Manitoba, according to the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO).

Based on the CVO's initial investigation, it is believed the source of the infection was due to environmental contamination from potentially two high-traffic sites, not from the source farms.

A "high-traffic site" as any place where a large number of hogs are moved and handled. Federal and provincial processing facilities, truck-wash stations, livestock assembly yards and livestock trailers all meet the criteria.

The virus, which is most commonly spread by hogs ingesting contaminated feces, has now been confirmed on 57 farms in Canada, including one in Manitoba, one in Prince Edward Island, one in Quebec and 54 in Ontario.

While only one farm has tested positive in Manitoba, testing has confirmed the virus at six other sites.

In the U.S., the virus is estimated to have killed between four and five million hogs.

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced the department will require farmers to report cases in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease.

PEDv causes diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration in pigs. While older pigs have a chance of survival, 80 to 100 percent of piglets that contract it die.

This week, there were three new reports of PEDv at high-traffic or environmental sites in Manitoba, but no new reports of suspected PEDv cases on Manitoba pig farms. 

The virus is not a food safety issue and it does not affect humans.

» Brandon Sun

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Manitoba not worried over deadly hog virus. No Reason To Panic, we were told. Wpg.Free Press. 27 Jan. That's quite a frivolous statement from the Manitoba Pork Council.(MPC) for something so very serious for those producers raising hogs.One has to wonder if this strain,as with the virus H1N1 (swine flu), could somehow be related and motivated by the captive raising of hogs in the factory style of operations.? Should that not be a consideration, of how animals are being produced? (lack of fresh air to breathe,no exercise, not able to enjoy the light of day, and not inhaling the concentrated fumes of their bodily deposits from the pits beneath) Being evermore vigilant, as expressed by MPC general manager is a pretty standard response. However,sooner or later this virus, even without a passport, will circumvent the Canada /US border and even all the home bio-security measures to eventually end up on Manitoba's doorstep. It's only a matter of Time. And now we know "The Rest of the Story" !

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