Enhance Biosecurity Measures to Better Protect Against PEDV

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was confirmed in the United States back in May and has spread to almost all of the swine-producing states in the Midwest – except for Nebraska. National Pork Producers Council President-Elect Dr. Howard Hill says PED is very similar to TGE – but even worse…


“The virus gets into a sow farm and affects the baby pigs. It causes damage to the small intestines so they cant absorb nutrients and fluids resulting in dehydration. Mortality is very high, close to 100% in the first 4-5 weeks of the outbreak. It also affects finishing pigs and adult animals, but most of them recover. Its more of a transient diariah that they recover from. WE know that we have some reproductive losses and breeding problems when they are sick.”

Hill says there is some new information to help calculate the impact of this virus…


“A larger producer compared a 19 week period because they think that’s the period of time where they see the losses if you include the reproductive problems. The calculator we are using is: you take the # of sows affected and multiply it by 2.7 and that is the number of piglets we have lost. If we have had 500,000 sows affected (and we are probably north of that now), that would be 1.35 million pigs we have lost.”

Hill says there currently is no treatment for PEDV once a piglet is infected.


Hill says there is a vaccine in the experimental stage right now – and there’s hope to get some effective PED vaccines on the market in the future.
Enhance Biosecurity Measures to Better Protect Against PEDV


Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was confirmed in the United States back in May and has spread to almost all of the swine-producing states in the Midwest – except for Nebraska. National Pork Producers Council President-Elect Dr. Howard Hill says PED is very similar to TGE – but even worse…

Hill says there is some new information to help calculate the impact of this virus,

Hill says there currently is no treatment for PEDV once a piglet is infected.

Hill says there is a vaccine in the experimental stage right now – and there’s hope to get some effective PED vaccines on the market in the future.


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