As of 18th December 2015 Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) is notifiable in England. This has come about as a result of a collaboration between industry and government which aims to make the pig industry better placed to deal with this devastating disease should it ever arrive in this country. Unlike other notifiable diseases, such as Classical Swine Fever or Foot and Mouth, there will be no compulsory movement restrictions, no compulsory slaughter and no blocks to exports. The new legislation does require pig-keepers and vets to report any suspicion of the disease to APHA. If a suspect case proves to be PEDV then measures will be taken to improve biosecurity on the farm with the ultimate aim to prevent spread to other farms and the elimination of the disease on the affected unit.
As a brief reminder the clinical signs of PEDV are:
- Acute and severe diarrhoea in pigs of all ages
- Extremely high (up to 100%) mortality in neonatal pigs
- Diarrhoea but lower mortality in older ages of pigs
- Diarrhoea is hose-pipe, profuse and watery
This is a good opportunity to review your biosecurity protocols to protect your unit from the introduction of unwanted diseases before it’s too late.
Courtesy of The George Vet Group