The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has been confirmed in two southeastern Manitoba hog barns.
The Manitoba Pork Council says on May 26 the PEDv virus was found in a sow barn and on Thursday a second case was confirmed in a finisher barn.
In a video posted by the council, Chairman George Matheson says this is the first positive case in the province in over a year.
“Prior to this Manitoba had a very good track record as far as keeping PEDv out of the province. We had only five cases and it’s been 16 months since our last positive case.”
Matheson notes the outbreak comes as hog producers continue to lobby the federal government to require trucks coming from the US to be cleaned in Canada.
“We are trying to get CFIA to modernize these regulations because we have a superior cleaning facility in Blumenort, Manitoba. Also because we have far less of this virus in Canada, we feel this would be a safer place to clean these trailers.”
Matheson says hog producers in a five kilometer radius of the affected farms have been notified.
Officials are now working to contain the virus to the sites and are implementing plans for clean-up and animal care.
The PEDv virus doesn’t pose a risk to humans.