On May 2, 2017, Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) confirmed positive test results for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) from a sow operation in southeast Manitoba, reported Manitoba Pork this week.

According to the report, the CVO has activated Manitoba Agriculture’s Emergency Operation Centre to assist the affected producer and conduct a full disease investigation.

“Control measures were implemented immediately, and a plan has been developed for restricted site access, barn clean-up and animal care,” the report said. “Producers within a 5-km radius of the infected site have been alerted, and are monitoring their herds and collecting samples for testing. All swine veterinarians with producer clients in the region have been notified of the site’s location so that those producers are aware of the disease potential.”

Manitoba has a program that encourages producers to share site location information. When an affected producer voluntarily provides permission to his herd veterinarian to share the information with Manitoba Pork and other swine veterinarians, the waiver allows the CVO and Manitoba Pork to assist the producer in a more comprehensive and timely manner, while concurrently protecting the broader pork industry.

Manitoba Pork urges all producers to sign the waiver with their respective veterinarian – and encourages all veterinarians to ask their clients to sign it and keep it on file – ahead of a disease outbreak.

The last case of PED in Manitoba was confirmed on September 21, 2016, at a finisher farm.