High traffic pig-sites in Alberta test negative for PED

An investigation into the source of a case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea on an Alberta hog operation has found no sources for the virus.

An environmental surveillance of high traffic-pig sites in the province, which includes assembly yards, abattoirs and truck washes have all tested negative for PED.

In addition, animal trace backs have found no transport links have been identified as potential sources.

There have been no other cases of PED in Alberta at this point.

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No pigs have left the 400-head hog operation and will not leave until veterinarian’s certificate can be provided.

Enhanced biosecurity measures continue to be in place at the operation.

This case continues to investigated by multiple officials including the farm’s herd veterinarian, Alberta Pork and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry with assistance from the farm’s owner and operator.

This is the first-ever reported case of PED in Alberta. The disease affects pigs but poses no risk to human health. This incident has not caused any food safety concerns, and pork products remain safe for consumption.

Alberta pork is reminding producers to remain vigilent with their protocols and to contact their veterinarian as soon as possible if they think their pigs are infected during this critical time.