Quebec is the fourth province in Canada confirming the presence of porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) virus. Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba previously confirmed having been affected by PEDv.
The province’s agriculture ministry stated that the virus was discovered on a farm in the Montérégie region south of Montreal.
“All means are being taken to limit the spread of the virus and we continue to monitor the situation closely in the province of Quebec,” said Michel Major, Quebec’s chief veterinarian.
“We must remain vigilant and ensure that strict biosecurity measures are applied by carriers, slaughterhouses, producers and all stakeholders.”
Feed a contributing factor
Rcently it has been reported that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is conducting science-based testing to determine if feed may be a contributing factor in the current Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) situation. According to the CFIA testing found that PED virus was present in samples of US-origin plasma. The investigation continues. To read more, click here.
The farm in Quebec where the virus was found is currently under quarantine.