Source: Manitoba Pork
On May 8, Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed positive test results for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus from another sow operation in southeast Manitoba. This farm is within five kilometers of the two infected farms that were confirmed PED-positive on May 2 and May 6, respectively. Manitoba Agriculture’s Emergency Operation Centre is continuing to operate, assisting the affected producer and conducting a full disease investigation.
Biocontainment measures have been implemented at the site and plans for animal care and cleaning are under way. Producers within a five-kilometer radius of the infected site and contacts with the infected site have been alerted, and are monitoring their herds and collecting samples for testing. All veterinarians with clients within the five kilometer area have been made aware of the site’s location.
The three affected producers during this outbreak have made communication possible by signing a Sharing of Information Waiver. All producers are encouraged to sign this waiver and provide it to their herd veterinarian and Manitoba Pork ahead of a disease outbreak. This enables quick sharing of information to prevent further spread, as well as more comprehensive support to the affected producer.
Enhanced biosecurity within five-kilometer area
In light of this third case within a five-kilometer area, Manitoba Pork encourages producers and service providers within the area to ramp up their biosecurity measures.
In addition to routine biosecurity practices, producers within the area are encouraged to:
• Park all staff vehicles at the end of the driveway and wear dedicated footwear or plastic booties in the yard.
• Only allow essential service providers to visit the site, and insist they park at the end of the driveway and wear booties in the yard.
• Push all garbage and deadstock pick-ups to the end of the driveway (if not already in effect) and away from where barn personnel and visitors will park.
• Consider liming the driveways between the parking area and the barn — enough space to ensure all livestock and feed trucks entering the yard will get at least a full tire rotation’s worth of coverage.
Service providers are encouraged to:
• Schedule visits within the area for the end of the week, if possible, or at least for last of the day, followed by a cleaning and disinfection procedure.
• If necessary to visit a site, park at the end of the driveway, put on plastic booties when exiting the vehicle, and remove the booties when returning to the vehicle.
• Minimize the amount of site contact to the essential service areas, only getting out of your vehicle when necessary.
Vigilance to procedures is key to prevent further spread of PEDV and other diseases.