PED spread via transport

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There is a transportation link among recent Ontario outbreaks of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, confirms one of the swine veterinarians at South West Veterinary Services in Stratford.

A clinic is planning to issue a news release this week to outline the situation and stress the need for biosecurity.

The outbreaks at several sow-farm facilities was because of “security gaps,” said Dr. Doug MacDougald.

He said the recent cases underline the importance of maintaining biosecurity “with no gaps. Even the slightest gap is enough” for the virus to slip through.

The sow barns impacted this month were Mar. 17 in Perth County and Mar 2 and 11 in Middlesex County. Finisher barns went down Mar. 19 in Lambton County and Mar. 16 in Halidimand; a farrow-to-finish barn Mar. 10 in Middlesex and a grow-finish barn in Middlesex Mar. 2.