Ohio hog farmers have more than just feed prices to worry about in the upcoming months. Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv), a viral disease similar but unrelated to Transmissible Gastroenteritis (TGE), has been confirmed in Ohio as well as 14 other states.
In May, an Ohio sow unit started having TGE-like signs, but the tests came back negative for TGE. Research by the National Diagnostics Lab found that the samples were a coronavirus that was 99.4% similar to a 2012 virus in China. PEDv is a single-stranded RNA virus that is being spread via fecal-oral routes. Although clinically similar, there is no cross protection to a sow unit that has had TGE in the past. Ohio has eight confirmed cases found in wean-to-finish barns and sow units with PEDv.
Introduction of the PED virus into a clean herd typically results in severe diarrhea and vomiting. Dehydration is becoming the big problem, especially during the warm summer months.… Continue readingRead More »