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First case of deadly pig virus reported in Quebec

02/23/2014 11:09 EST | Updated 04/25/2014 05:59 EDT
Quebec’s agriculture ministry confirmed the province’s first case of porcine epidemic diarrhea Sunday, a deadly virus that has already killed millions of piglets in the United States.

Known as PED, the virus originated in China before arriving in the United States and Canada, where cases have been confirmed in Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Manitoba and now Quebec.

Quebec’s first case of PED was detected on a farm in the Montérégie region south of Montreal. Agricultural ministry officials now have the farm under quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.

Officials underlined that there is no risk to humans from PED, which is unique to pigs and affects their digestive system.

There is no know treatment for PED.

Agricultural ministry officials are keeping a close eye on other pork producers in Quebec and have an action plan in effect in concert with partners from the province’s pork industry.

“We have to remain vigilant and ensure that strict biosecurity measures are applied by transporters, slaughterhouses, producers, goods and service providers and visitors,” said Dr. Michel Major, Quebec’s chief veterinarian.

Pork producers who believe they may have other cases of the PED are asked to contact their veterinarian immediately as well as Quebec’s porcine health unit at 1-866-363-2433 for information on how to contain the virus. Information on the virus can also be found on the agricultural ministry’s website.

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