Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Pig Virus Found in Utah Hog Farm

 

Tests Confirm Presence of PEDv Pig Virus at One Utah Hog Farm
Utah Swine Producers Advised to Increase Animal Health Security

(Salt Lake City, UT) Tests conducted by the USDA’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory have confirmed the presence the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv) at a Beaver County, Utah hog farm.  The farm is Utah’s largest hog farm and one of the largest in the country. 

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea is a virus that causes significant sickness in young swine, affecting their growth
and health, and causes high mortality in piglets.  PEDv is not a threat to humans or other animal species. 

• PEDV is a pig farming virus only affecting pigs. It poses no risk to other animals, humans or food safety.  Pork remains safe to eat.
• Currently there is a conditional license for a PEDv vaccine available to pork producers.
• PEDV is not a new virus; it’s been found in countries worldwide.

The disease is common in parts of Asia and Europe, and was first reported in the U.S. 16 months ago.  Since then, more than 5,500 cases have been reported in as many as 30 states including Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and Arizona. 

Acting State Veterinarian, Dr. Warren Hess is advising Utah hog and pig producers to, “Remain vigilant regarding their animal biosecurity practices on their farms.”  “Increased animal health security measures can not only help defend against PEDv, but can also prevent the spread of many other livestock diseases,” he added.

In May, the UDAF issued an emergency order intended to protect the State’s $200 million swine industry by placing restrictions on livestock shows involving hogs and pigs.  The order required any fair or show to be a “terminal” show, which means that after the show swine would go directly to slaughter and therefore reduce the threat of spreading any disease. 

The USDA has agreed to work with UDAF veterinarians to fund testing on the farm that has been diagnosed with PEDv, and to assure that stringent animal biosecurity practices are in place.  The joint agreement also calls for expanded disease mitigation education efforts for Utah’s pork industry.

More information about PEDv and livestock biosecurity information is available here.

Contact: Dr. Warren Hess (801) 538-4910
Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
 Cell (801) 514-2152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

posted: September 3, 2014