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NOTIFICATION TO ONTARIO PORK INDUSTRY :A farrow-to-finish farm in Middlesex County has been identified having Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV)



  • A farrow-to-finish farm in Middlesex County, Ontario has been identified having Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDV).  This is the first case reported in Canada.
  • PEDV is not a reportable disease in Ontario but the Health of Animals Act considers this type virus a “serious risk” and veterinarians must report it to the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food.
  • As it is the first case in Canada it has also been reported to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  • The farm has stopped movement of all swine and is working with their veterinarian and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food to assess next steps.
  • Samples were sent to the Guelph laboratory and were confirmed last night (Jan.22).  Since then samples have been sent to Winnipeg for confirmation.  We expect results by tomorrow (Jan.24).
  • Ontario Pork fully supports the work of our provincial and federal government to work with the farmer and finalize the test results.


What Pork Producers Should Do:

·         PED can be transmitted by anything contaminated by manure so it is crucial to:

o   ensure all trucks and trailers, and the driver’s clothing and boots, are washed and disinfected before arriving at your operation.

o   keep truckers off your property until you have verified cleaning and disinfection has occurred

o   be vigilant with your biosecurity protocols.

·         Changes in prevalence or type of diarrhea in your pigs could be a sign of PED. You should:

o   report this ASAP to your herd veterinarian.

o   ensure you have up-to-date records of recent pig movement.

Resources Available:



Lori Moser

OPIC/OPC Managing Director

Cell 519-577-6742 (OPIC)

Home office 519-684-6805

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Comment by OntAG Admin on February 5, 2014 at 4:42am

LATEST PED Update from OMAF: (February 5th, 2014)

Best Practices Information: Biosecurity - Clinical Signs Compromised Animals - Deadstock GF2 - 
Service Provider Advice
 - Help Lines

Growing Forward 2

Growing Forward 2 and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED)

The federal and provincial governments have created a special biosecurity intake under Growing Forward 2 (GF2) specifically for businesses in, and related to, the swine industry in order to address challenges related to PED.

The program gives producers, truckers, abattoirs, assembly facilities, and rendering service providers access to the funds to enhance their biosecurity investments.


Ontario confirmed PED diagnoses
Date Confirmed County Farm Type
January 22, 2014 Middlesex Farrow-to-finish
January 25, 2014 Chatham-Kent Wean-to-finish
January 27, 2014 Chatham-Kent Wean-to-finish
January 27, 2014 Norfolk Farrow-to-finish
January 31, 2014 Simcoe Wean-to-finish
February 4, 2014 Chatham-Kent Farrow-to-finish
February 5, 2014 Perth Farrow-to-finish

Off-farm sampling (not in animals)
Date confirmed Location type
January 25, 2014 Assembly yard
January 28, 2014 Trucking yards
January 29, 2014 Processing plant

Given the hardy, virulent nature of PED it is not unexpected to find it present in various locations. The experience in the U.S. has shown us that.

PED is not a risk to human health or other animals. It is not a food safety risk.

The virus is generally fatal for very young animals. Older animals can recover, as in fact some are on affected farms.

The present goal is to limit the spread of the virus through stringent biosecurity measures. It is critical that all those in the industry - producers, transporters, suppliers - work together and increase vigilance with biosecurity measures.

All pork producers must maintain strict biosecurity protocols - on-farm biosecurity can keep PED out of your barns.

Producers should also contact their veterinarian immediately if animals show any signs of illness. It is important that we know how many farms are infected.

Best Practices Information: Biosecurity - Clinical Signs - Compromised Animals -Deadstock Service Providers

Review Your Biosecurity

Biosecurity procedures need to become routine business practices.

Clinical Signs

If you suspect your pigs have PED contact your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian will provide strategies to help you manage the disease. Signs include watery diarrhea, vomiting, and mortalities in piglets. Be vigilant and watch for early signs of scouring.

Caring for Compromised Animals and Humane Euthanasia


Advice to Industry Professionals

Enhanced biosecurity practices are essential at this time.

Personal Stress, Crisis Support Services


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  • Animal Care Helpline 519 837-1326 The Helpline is a confidential "farmer helping farmer" approach of advice and referral on animal care provided by Farm and Food Care.

For additional information on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) and recommended biosecurity measures on the farm, please access the following.

Comment by OntAG Admin on January 27, 2014 at 9:10am

PEDV Update: Ontario Pork Telephone Town Hall **NOTE TIME CHANGE **... 


**TIME CHANGE ***Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, January 28th between 3:00 and 4:00PM EST for the pork industry.

We will be automatically dialing out to our provincial producers and others who have registered for the event and have provided us with their phone numbers. This call will provide a status update on the current PED situation and actions being taken by the Ontario pork industry. *(Please note only direct or mobile phone numbers will be accepted).

*If you are a pork producer, or have registered you should receive a pre-call invitation today (Monday, January 27) at approximately 2:00 p.m.  If you do not receive an invitation call, but are interested to join the Telephone Town Hall tomorrow, please register, using the link below.   If you experience any difficulties, or wish to dial in, please use the following phone number 877-229-8493, followed by the pin #: 111309 to be connected to the live call. 

Register Here

Comment by OntAG Admin on January 27, 2014 at 9:08am

OMAF: Jan 27th: PEDv Investigation Update Ontario has confirmed a second case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) and a third is under investigation. Both are in the Chatham-Kent region. Read more here: http://www.farms.com/news/omaf-jan-27th-pedv-investigation-update-7...

Comment by OntAG Admin on January 25, 2014 at 11:06am
Comment by OntAG Admin on January 25, 2014 at 5:49am


PEDV Update Jan 24, 2014 – Forwarded from Ontario Pork


Current Activities


  • Ontario Pork’s thoughts are with the producer whose herd has had an outbreak and we’ve appreciated the cooperation they have provided during this difficult time.
  • We have learned that the samples that were sent to the National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease in Winnipeg from the suspect farm in Middlesex County have tested positive for the PED virus.
  • Currently a trace back on all movement in and out of the farm is being conducted.
  • Attached is a current PEDv Biosecurity Advisory from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and Ministry of Rural Affairs – please review 


Telephone Town Hall


Ontario Pork is hosting a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, January 28th between 12:00 and 1:00PM EST for the pork industry. We will be automatically dialing out to our provincial producers and others who have registered for the event and have provided us with their phone numbers. This call will provide a status update on the current PED situation and actions being taken by the Ontario pork industry. *(Please note only direct or mobile phone numbers will be accepted)


Register Here


Comment by OntAG Admin on January 23, 2014 at 11:45am

News Release: OMAF: Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Investigation
Province Taking Steps to Protect Pork Industry http://www.farms.com/news/omaf-porcine-epidemic-diarrhea-investigat...

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