MIDDLESEX After four months of no reports of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) in Ontario, the disease was found on three Ontario farms in November and December.
This was to be expected, as the disease spreads more easily in cold temperatures. On Nov. 12, a farrow-to-finish farm in Middlesex reported PEDV. That was followed by a nursery in Perth County on Nov. 20. PEDV was also found on a finisher farm in Niagara County on Dec. 2.
Prior to these three cases, the last reported case was July 21 in Perth County.
There have been 66 cases of PEDV in Ontario this year. PEDV causes watery diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration and can kill 50 to 100 per cent of young pigs and looks similar to other types of swine diseases, such as Transmissible Gastroenteritis virus.
It is estimated that three million piglets died in the U.S. in 2013 because of PEDV.