The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Manitoba has first case of pig virus; no risk to humans, other animals

  • Print

WINNIPEG - It appears a deadly and contagious pig virus has hit a Manitoba farm.

The Chief Veterinary Office of Manitoba said Thursday night that positive samples of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus from pigs on a weaned-to-finish farm.

Related Items

The samples have been sent to the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg for confirmation.

Officials stress that there is no risk to human health or food safety.

Ontario, which was the first province to report a case of PED on Jan. 22, has 13 confirmed cases.

"The site has been contained and neighbours in the area are being contacted by veterinarians," said Karl Kynoch, chairman of Manitoba Pork Council.

Kynoch said the farm is in southeastern Manitoba, but wouldn't be more specific. He said the producer contacted his veterinarian as soon as the symptoms of the virus showed in the herd.

"All steps are being taken to contain the virus on the farm and an investigation has been initiated."

He said results on the samples could come Friday.

The virus is highly contagious, so it's crucial producers maintain strict biosecurity protocols and contact a veterinarian immediately if they see animals showing signs of illness.

"Strict biosecurity practices can reduce the potential for outbreaks," Kynoch said. "All trucks and trailers coming onto your site must be properly washed and disinfected. It is your responsibility to make sure that all trailers are clean before they back up to your barn."

PED virus has already killed millions of piglets in the U.S.

The virus is fatal for very young pigs while most older pigs recover.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had an incorrect number of confirmed cases of PED in Ontario.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Weekend springtime weather with Doug Speirs - Apr 19

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada goose protects her nest full of eggs Monday on campus at the University of Manitoba- Standup photo- Apr 30, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • horse in sunset - marc gallant

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

What are you most looking forward to this Easter weekend?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google