Bpex prepares contingency plan for PEDv

A contingency plan for the pig industry should Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) arrive in the UK has been prepared, according to pig levy body Bpex.

The plan is a living document, and will evolve as the situation changes. Bpex said this is just the first of many outcomes of the work under way, which is being collated by veterinary team manager Martin Smith.

A database and a questionnaire are being created which can be used to tackle PEDv if it arrives in this country.

Smith said: “This will be vital in gathering the information we need for the epidemiology of PEDv and how it behaves under different conditions.

“We also have some standard procedures which are in the pipeline and are due to be published in the next couple of months. They will probably be published as individual sheets because they too will change according to the conditions.”

A disease charter, based on that created for swine dysentery, has been completed and will be online as part of the Pig Hub.

Smith continued: “Phase two will be to link it in with vets, feed companies and the allied industry so they are aware that one of the units in an area has a problem. We are hoping to have this completed by late Spring.

“We have achieved a lot in quite a short time but there is still much more to be done. All this work will be valuable in fighting all exotic and emerging disease, not just PEDv.”

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