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Third PEDv Strain Not So New

Third PEDv Strain Not So New

A new strain of the PED virus has been identified in Minnesota. National Pork Board Vice President of Science and Technology Paul Sundberg was not surprised – saying it is not unusual for viruses of this type to evolve…

“This finding of a new virus is important because it will help us to understand how things are going in the US. It shouldn’t be surprising, its more of a scientific report rather than one that will change how producers and vets deal with the virus.”

Dr. Douglas Marthaler – researcher and assistant professor in the Veterinary Diagnostic lab at the University of Minnesota who diagnosed the new strain – says it was actually found almost a year ago…

“We identified this strain in Minnesota in Jan 2014. Veterinary diagnostic labs routinely sequences the PEDv gene for vets and for clients. We have also done some random sequencing for cases that have been positive for the virus to help understand the diversity of PEDv in the U.S. thus far.”

PEDv has been in the U.S. about 18 months, and a year ago – the virus was a major problem during the winter months. That’s not the case this year explains Sundburg…

“Right now we are in a quiet spot. The data that we have shows that we have just sporadic infections in herds and in finishing floors. But the data shows that we are at a very low level, much lower than last year.”

Marthaler added this word of reassurance to pork producers…

“I don’t believe this strain is any more concern that the original strain. The hog industry has done a great job increasing their biosecurity protocols and methods to reduce PEDv in the herd. I don’t see any extra threat from this strain.”

Marthaler has not seen or heard of this third strain showing up anywhere else in the U.S.

Biosecurity remains a priority in dealing with this disease threat.'

A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.