Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) has been working its way through the U.S., but the National Pork Board just approved funding that will help prevent the spread.

Last night National Pork Board members voted to move $450,000 in Checkoff funds that will be dedicated to research. It adds to the funds already approved by the Iowa Pork Producers Association's research committee, bringing the total to $527,000 for PEDV research.

During a press conference at World Pork Expo, Dr. Paul Sundberg, the Pork Checkoff's vice president of science and technology, detailed some of the parameters the virus. He said that the PEDV was first found in England and is prevalent in China, as well as other countries around the world.

"Since PEDV is widespread in many countries, it is not a trade-restricting disease," said Sundberg in a written statement. "While PEDV may appear clinically to be the same as transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhea, producers who suspect their herd may be infected should work with their herd veterinarian immediately if any TGE-like symptoms appear. And, as always, they should maintain strict biosecurity protocols."

He said the best thing producers can do to help care for animals who may be infected is to boost the electrolytes in their diet while making sure they have access to plenty of fluids. Sundberg also mentioned that it may be a good idea to early wean pigs off of the sow.

Sundberg added that producers who do encounter any death loss in their herd that may be related to PEDV should send off samples to a diagnostic lab for testing.