New case of piglet-killing disease detected

Ontario pork producers got another shot of bad news after a highly contagious piglet-killing...

Ontario pork producers got another shot of bad news after a highly contagious piglet-killing disease was detected on a hog farm more than 200 kilometres away. REUTERS/Cornell University

Dale Carruthers, The London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:33 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Already on edge, southwestern Ontario pork producers got another shot of bad news on the weekend after a highly contagious piglet-killing disease that made its Canadian debut in the London area was detected on a hog farm more than 200 kilometres away.

Officials have confirmed five cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in a 10-day period -- four of them in southwestern Ontario -- with the latest case found north of Toronto in Simcoe County, the Ontario Agriculture and Food Ministry said.

News of the disease creeping outside Ontario's main hog belt raised fears the $1-billion-a-year Ontario hog industry could go down the same road as its counterpart in the United States, where PED has spread to 22 states since first being detected in May, killing as many as three million piglets and driving up pork prices.


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