WATERLOO Four new cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) struck Ontario hog farms in January.
The disease which causes watery diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration and can kill 50 to 100 per cent of young pigs was found on four farms in late January. PEDV was found on a farrow-to-finish barn in Perth County on Jan. 21, a farrow-to-feeder barn in Lambton County on Jan. 24, a farrow-to-feeder farm in Oxford on Jan. 28 and a nursery farm in Oxford on Jan. 29.
Oxford County had the second-highest number of PEDV cases in the province in 2014 with 10. Huron County had the most with 16.
PEDV looks similar to other types of swine diseases, such as Transmissible Gastroenteritis virus, and is more easily spread in cold weather.