The state of Nebraska has remained among a group of states with no reported cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), according to the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

But neighboring states have reported cases of PEDV, making vigilance for Nebraska’s hog farmers necessary.

“The Nebraska Pork Producers Board of Directors is choosing a proactive approach,” says Shane Meyer, president of the association.

“Nebraska has been extremely fortunate not to have any reported cases of the PED virus, and we would like to keep it that way. Learning as much as we can about the virus, practicing strict biosecurity and managing proper farm protocols is a great start to keeping our animals safe and healthy.”

Leading experts from the National Pork Board, Iowa State University and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will convey the latest information on the virus along with protocols that have been put in place to prevent the spread of the disease at an Informational PEDV Seminar. It is planned for Dec. 16, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express in Columbus, NE. Registration check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the program will conclude at 3:30 p.m. There are no registration fees. Registration is required for meal counts. Register at www.nepork.org  or call (888) 627-7675.

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus was confirmed in the United States during the week of May 13, 2013. It is a RNA coronavirus, related to Transmissible gastroenteritis. However, there is no cross-protection afforded by immunity developed to one against the other.

PEDV was first diagnosed in 1971 in Great Britain and has since produced sporadic outbreaks in Europe and has become an endemic pig disease in Asia since 1982.