FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 2, 2015
PEDv Confirmed in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Agriculture has reported a known case of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv). This is the first known positive to be found in Georgia. Results from two samples from pigs at the Georgia Junior National Livestock Show held February 18-21, 2015 tested positive for PEDv on February 27, 2015. GDA immediately responded with biosecurity measures to prevent further spread of the disease. The locations of where the positive samples came from have been visited and animal movement has been controlled.
PEDv is a highly contagious virus that has spread across the US swine industry. PEDv is not a food safety or public health risk. The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is working closely with other animal industry partners to provide information about bio-security, disease prevention and control.
The incubation period for PEDv is 36 hours. Symptoms can emerge four to five days after exposure and vary widely depending on the age of the pig affected. Symptoms include off-feed, vomiting, diarrhea and increased mortality. Pigs can also be asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
Biosecurity is the key to preventing spread of the disease. It is important to limit travel and commingling with other swine associated events or personnel. The disease can be spread by pig to pig contact and by contaminated equipment, chutes, trailers, vehicles, clothing and personnel. All equipment should be cleaned and disinfected and all sick animals isolated. It is important to regularly observe your herd for evidence of disease.
For more information about the investigation and PEDv, please visit the Georgia Department of Agriculture website at www.agr.georgia.gov.
About the GDA The Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) is the voice of the state’s agriculture community. The department's mission is to provide excellence in services and regulatory functions, to protect and promote agriculture and consumer interests, and to ensure an abundance of safe food and fiber for Georgia, America, and the world by using state-of-the-art technology and a professional workforce. For more information, visit www.agr.georgia.gov.