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The PED virus (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea) is a viral disease of pigs, all which damages the mucosa of the small intestine and Therefore leads to profuse diarrhoea and loss of appetite. The virus leads to 30 to 100% mortality in suckling piglets up to an age of 14 days, accordion thing to the Dutch Animal Health Service (GD). It can also cause diarrhoea in sows and in fattening and finishing pigs.

Cause PED virus

The PED virus is caused by a corona virus and is very contagious. The PED-virus can spread easily through mutual animal contact, contaminated manure, working and/or transport equipment, people and pests. For that reason, the GD advises pig farmers and transporters to take extra hygiene measures, especially where prevention of disease introduction is very important.

Characteristics PED virus

  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting
  • Dehydration
  • Higher mortality

Consequences PED virus

  • Reduced food absorption
  • Deteriorated growth

Preventing PED virus

Here below you will find the necessary steps for preventing infection transmission:

  • Ensure good personal hygiene. Use different coloured working clothes and footwear for each group of animals, and clean and disinfect both your hands and footwear
  • Put a foot disinfectant tray with MS Kiemkill Tabs at the entrance of each shed
  • Maintain strict transport equipment cleaning with MS T&T Cleaner or by using a vehicle disinfection gate system
  • Ensure strict visitor hygiene by, among other things, paying attention to foot disinfection, disposable overalls and overshoes
  • Implement good pest control. This is in fact the greatest risk of disease transmission on farms
  • Do not mix animals form different sources
  • Strict hygiene around the disposal of carcasses
  • Work according to the all-in-all-out principal
  • When required, provide barrier chain or tape and an access restriction sign, to avoid unwanted visitors

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