With the outbreak spreading to 17 states since its identification in April, Zoetis affirms its commitment to finding a solution to help control porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PED) virus.

“As a veterinarian, I am committed to finding a solution, including quick-yielding diagnostic tools and efficacious vaccines, that can control this devastating virus,” says Michael Senn, DVM, manager, Pork Technical Services, Zoetis. “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 achieve results.”

Zoetis is supporting University of Minnesota researchers to develop a rapid PED virus 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,” says Gloria Basse, vice president, U.S. Pork Business Unit, Zoetis. “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 controlled.”

PED virus, similar to transmissible gastroenteritis (TGE), can cause devastating losses up to 100% in infected piglets up to 3 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 PED virus, it's important that producers remain vigilant to their herd's health and contact their veterinarian if they suspect abnormalities,” Senn says. “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.”

For more information on PED virus and biosecurity practices from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, click on www.aasv.org.