Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is a reportable disease
It was announced last week that in order to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herds the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus. Since it was first confirmed in the U.S. last year, PEDv has reportedly killed more than four million pigs in as many as 30 states, as well as Canada and Mexico. Symptoms of PEDv include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, poor appetite and dehydration. The disease is most severe in young pigs, but can affect pigs of any age. PEDv poses no risk to people and is not a food safety concern.
The WA State Department of Agriculture advises that swine shipments entering Washington must be accompanied by a valid health certificate declaring that the animals have not been exposed to PEDv and are disease free. For more information about PEDv, visit the WSDA website.