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PEDv (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus) spreads quickly throughout a farm, with a short incubation period (two to four days). It can affect pigs of all ages, but is strongest in sows, gilts and nursing pigs. PEDv is transmitted via indirect or direct contact through fecal/oral means. It can also spread by fomites such as clothing, vehicles, and other farm supplies.
It is important to work closely with veterinarians to implement stringent biosecurity measures and a nutritional management program that strengthens the pigs’ immunity and disease defenses. Producers should identify key interactions where there is a risk of exposure and ensure safety standards are in place. Proper cleaning with disinfectants, heating and drying helps to reduce risk and prevent the virus. Areas that have been determined as high risk include: dead haul/renderer sites, other wildlife in the barns, personnel working at other pig farms, recently removed culled pigs, and newly weaned pigs transported to the nursery or finish site.
Besides implementing strict biosecurity measures, producers should implement a herd health and immunity program to prepare them for potential challenges. Using proven nutritional strategies in conjunction with prevention methods will help support your pigs and give them the best chance for optimal performance and profitability.
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