02/19/2014 03:48 EST | Updated 04/21/2014 05:59 EDT

Prince Edward Island makes funding available to hog farmers to help fight virus

CHARLOTTETOWN - Extra money is being made available to pork producers in Prince Edward Island to help improve biosecurity after a deadly virus was confirmed on a farm in the province.

The Department of Agriculture says it approved funding of $115,000 to help the hog board prevent the spread of porcine epidemic diarrhea.

The department says farmers should contact the board for applications.

The money will be used to fund a program that helps cover the costs of sanitation equipment to wash and disinfect vehicles and equipment, as well as providing training on bio-security.

The highly contagious disease has already killed millions of piglets in the United States.

The disease, which poses no risk to human health or safety, first emerged in Canada less than a month ago at a pig farm in southwestern Ontario.