Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pig virus found on Ont. farm

TORONTO—Officials in Ontario say they’re certain Canada has its first case of a pig virus that has killed millions of piglets in the U.S.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture said the case of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was discovered in a farm in the province’s southwest.

Ontario’s chief veterinarian said for all intents and purposes, the case is considered confirmed after lab tests conducted in Guelph, Ont. detected the virus.
Dr. Greg Douglas said samples taken from the farm, where several pigs have died, were sent to a federal lab in Winnipeg for further testing.
Douglas added the farm is “under control,” and its owner is co-operating with officials to make sure no products or animals leave to threaten the Ontario pork industry.
The virus does not affect food safety, and officials said it poses no risk to human health or other animals.
Pork also remains safe for consumers to eat.

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