On May 16, 2017, Manitoba’s Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) confirmed positive test results for PEDv from another finisher operation in southeast Manitoba. This farm is within 5 km of the three infected farms that were confirmed PED positive on May 2, 6 and 8, respectively. Manitoba Agriculture’s Emergency Operation Centre is continuing to operate and is assisting the affected producer and conducting a full disease investigation. Biocontainment measures have been implemented at the site and plans for animal care and cleaning are underway. Producers within a 5-km radius of the infected site and contacts with the infected site are being contacted to monitor their herds and collect samples for testing. All veterinarians with clients within the 5 km area have been made aware of the site’s location.
The four affected producers during this outbreak have made communication possible by signing this Sharing of Information Waiver. We encourage all producers to sign this waiver and provide it to their herd veterinarian and Manitoba Pork ahead of a disease outbreak. This enables quick sharing of information to prevent further spread, as well as more comprehensive support to the affected producer.
Farms within 5-km area should restrict yard traffic
In light of this fourth case farm within a 5-km area, Manitoba Pork is encouraging producers within the area to restrict vehicles (staff and service providers) from entering their yards. Signage or temporary barriers should be erected to ensure compliance.
In addition to routine biosecurity practices, producers within the area are encouraged to:
- Park all staff vehicles at the end of the driveway and wear dedicated footwear or plastic booties in the yard.
- Only allow essential service providers to visit the site, and insist they park at the end of the driveway and wear booties in the yard.
- Push all garbage and deadstock pick-ups to the end of the driveway (if not already in effect) and away from where barn personnel and visitors will park.
- Consider liming the driveways between the parking area and the barn – enough space to ensure all livestock and feed trucks entering the yard will get at least a full tire rotation worth of coverage.
Service providers are encouraged to:
- Contact the barn manager or personnel prior to visiting the site even if you will not be entering the barn.
- Schedule visits within the area last thing of the week, if possible, or at least last thing of the day, followed by a cleaning and disinfection procedure.
- If necessary to visit a site, park at the end of the driveway, put on plastic booties when exiting the vehicle, and remove the booties when returning to the vehicle.
- Minimize the amount of site contact to the essential service areas, only getting out of your vehicle when necessary.
Please discuss these recommendations with your herd veterinarian to implement the best biosecurity plan for your farm.
Check out Manitoba Pork’s PEDv webpages. For any biosecurity and animal care issues, contact Mark Fynn, Manager of Quality Assurance and Animal Care Programs at Manitoba Pork, at 204-235-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.