Vaccine will help the pork industry to respond to the threat posed by porcine epidemic diarrhea
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced recently that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is prepared to issue permits to authorize veterinarians to import the iPED+ vaccine for use in Canadian pig herds.
The manufacturer’s preliminary studies have shown that vaccinated pigs develop antibodies against the porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) virus.
It will be available for use in Canada under veterinary supervision in pigs as a precautionary measure against PED.
The Chief Veterinary Officer of Canada continues to work with provincial counterparts and industry stakeholders to ensure coordinated leadership on the response to this disease.
Swine producers should contact their veterinarians about the vaccine.
Veterinarians can apply for an import permit for the vaccine immediately.
To date the Federal Government has invested over $29 million to help industry prepare to mitigate risks related to swine diseases, including the development and implementation of on-farm biosecurity standards and best management practices.
There are no food safety or human health concerns associated with this disease. •