Virus that kills piglets found in Alberta for the first time; Alberta Pork

By The Canadian Press
January 9, 2019 - 1:13pm

EDMONTON - A disease that has killed millions of piglets around the world has been detected in Alberta for the first time.

The Alberta Pork Producers Development Corporation says the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, known as PED, has been found at a 400-head hog operation in the province.

Alberta Pork says the disease affects pigs but poses no risk to human health and has not caused any food safety concerns.

The first case of the virus was confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2014 on a swine farm in Ontario.

Since then the disease has also been reported in Manitoba, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.

Alberta Pork says strict biosecurity procedures can limit the effect and spread of the disease.


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