Farmscape for March 8, 2018
Manitoba Pork says, if efforts to eliminate a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea outbreak in southeastern Manitoba remain on track, the process will be complete by early spring.
In April of 2017 a Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Outbreak that would ultimately infect 80 premises struck in southeastern Manitoba.
Jenelle Hamblin, the Manager of Swine Health Programs with Manitoba Pork, reports of the 80 sites, 25 sow operations, 16 nursery operations and 39 finisher operations were infected.
Clip-Jenelle Hamblin-Manitoba Pork:
We have had 57 of our 80 premises reach what we're referring to as presumptive negative meaning the barn and the animals are negative for the virus and the only risk remaining is in the manure storage.
Of the 80 we have 14 sitting at what we're calling a transitional status, meaning they're finished the cleaning and disinfection protocols and are in the testing phase to reach that presumptive negative status.
Lastly we remain with nine premises that are carrying a positive status and they could be at any stage of eradication.
They could be in the cleaning stage, they could still be battling the virus but we're happy to say that we've made great strides in the elimination of this virus.
If all premises remain on their planned cleaning and disinfection and restocking plans, as outlined by their veterinarians, we should see 79 of the 80 reach that presumptive negative status, we're hoping by mid-April, the end of April.
We have one that is at a little longer of a time line and we're looking into May.
But, to generalize, by spring, we're hoping that we see all 80 premises reach that presumptive negative status.
Hamblin says, once operations have reached presumptive negative status, the one remaining risk factor is stored manure so producers need to keep that risk in mind when dealing with manure.
For Farmscape.Ca, I'm Bruce Cochrane.
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