FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Zoetis affirmed its commitment to
finding a solution to help control the recent outbreak of porcine epidemic
The devastating, costly virus has been positively identified
in 17 states since April.
“As a veterinarian, I am committed to finding a solution,
including quick-yielding diagnostic tools and efficacious vaccines, that can
control this devastating virus,” said Dr. Michael Senn, Zoetis pork technical
services manager. “We are drawing upon our global research and development
resources, as well as working with health authorities and veterinary centers of
excellence worldwide to identify effective solutions and help the pork industry
Zoetis is supporting University of Minnesota researchers to
develop a rapid PEDv diagnostic test.
“Helping fund the development of the rapid diagnostic tool
is just one way we are investing in and are committed to finding a solution
against this virus,” said Gloria Basse, Zoetis U.S. pork business unit vice
“We believe that diagnostic tools and vaccines are part of
the solution equation. Our research and development teams will continue to
collaborate with our university and industry partners until this disease is
PEDv, similar to transmissible gastroenteritis, can cause
devastating losses up to 100 percent in infected piglets up to three weeks of
age. Weaned pigs and adult pigs are at less severe risk, but they can suffer
reduced growth rates.
The virus spreads rapidly through a herd via fecal-oral
contamination and infects pigs within 12 to 36 hours. Until a solution is found,
producers and veterinarians must remain on high alert.
“While we continue our efforts to determine the best
solution to PEDv, it’s important that producers remain vigilant to their herd’s
health and contact their veterinarian if they suspect abnormalities,” Senn said.
“Producers should heighten their biosecurity awareness. This outbreak serves as
a good reminder to review biosecurity practices with your employees, truckers
and consultants who have regular contact with your farm.”
Senn suggested the following biosecurity practices shared by
the American Association of Swine Veterinarians:
* Label and use chutes for loading and unloading. Use the loading chute only
for animals that are leaving the farm. Healthy animals unloaded using the
loading chute could be exposed to the virus;
* Wash and disinfect all unloading chutes and driver areas as often as
possible. Use a 2 percent phenol-based disinfectant in the areas where drivers
walk to enter the chute, from point of entry to the top and all areas where the
chute contacts the truck;
* Require that all trailers used to pick up animals be cleaned and
disinfected before arrival. Be sure to allow enough time for the disinfectant to
dry completely before use;
* Provide coveralls and boots for employees to wear while on the farm. These
materials should stay on-site and be washed routinely; and
* If a farm allows guests, provide clear direction for where they should
report upon arrival. Also provide visitors with coveralls and boots before they
enter any facilities.
For more information on PEDv, visit with a veterinarian.
Information also is available at www.aasv.org.