Pig virus continues to spread in Ontario

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John Miner, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

The number of Ontario farms with an outbreak of a piglet-killing virus remained at four Thursday, but the disease that has rocked the U.S. pork industry has now been detected at a processing plant, assembly yard and a trucking yard in Ontario.

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture didn’t identify the new locations where the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus has been found.

Ontario’s pork industry had hoped to keep the virus out of Canada with beefed up biosecurity measures, but last week the first case in this country was found on a Middlesex farm. Two more farms in Chatham-Kent have outbreaks and one in Norfolk County.

Government and pork industry officials emphasize PED poses no risk to people and isn’t a food safety risk.

In the U.S., the virus has spread to 22 states and killed more than a million pigs since last spring.

It is particularly lethal for nursing piglets. Older pigs usually recover.

 


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