New cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continue to surface, and many health specialists feel producers will see more cases of PEDv next winter, when new, naïve gilts that have not been exposed to the virus enter the sow herd.
Dr. John Waddell, Director of Swine Technical Services for Boehringer, Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. says PED SOURCE (www.PEDresource.com) brings all the information producers and veterinarians need on PEDv to one location.
Remember this Acronym: SOURCE
The website also helps you determine whether you should eliminate, diminish or prevent the virus from entering your farm by first determining a systematic approach to PED control and management. The process involves focusing on six key areas, identified with the acronym S.O.U.R.C.E.:
“State” – State the desired goals you hope to achieve.
“Obtain” – Obtain your current herd health status.
“Understand” – Understand the risks you and your operation face when you’re up against PEDv.
“Reduce” – Reduce the risks of infecting or re-infecting your herd.
“Construct” – In conjunction with your veterinarian, construct solutions that include a variety of options.
“Execute” – Execute and monitor solutions that you and your veterinarian have identified for your operation.
Dr. Waddell, who has spent a great deal of time in the field visiting with producers, says the reactions he’s received to the program have been positive.
“The PED SOURCE information center elevates their knowledge and helps them develop a plan with their veterinarian,” he says.
PEDv affects every operation differently, which is why it’s important for producers to work closely with their herd veterinarian in determining a strategy that will minimize the impact of the disease in their particular situation.
The website helps producers obtain the current status of their herd by explaining the symptoms and the diagnostic tests that are available. It also provides talking points that help producers discuss PEDv control with people who provide services to their operation.
Watch this video with Dr. Waddell to learn more about this program, sponsored by Boehringer, Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.