Lessons from PEDv lead to future disease optimism

Since it was first identified in the United States in 2013, Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) has killed roughly 8 million pigs. Now, with positive cases dwindling, concerns look to potential, future disease outbreaks. Thanks to the lessons gleaned from the PEDV outbreak, this future is looking bright.

Dr. Paul Sundberg, head of the Swine Health Information Center, explained in a Farmscapes report here, that PEDv exposed the importance of sharing information.

"I think that experience of sharing information and also the realization of that we continue to be at risk and we need to be better prepared for the next one to come so we don't have to start from zero like we did with PEDv," Sundberg said.

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Dr. Matt Anderson with Suidae Health and Production agrees with Sundberg and praises the industry for coming together to fight back against the disease.

"Never in my experience have I seen an industry come together cooperatively as quickly as in this case," Anderson explained. "We are a competitive industry, but competition in this case went out the window. Companies were helping each other out; farm [owners and managers] were helping each other. I was really proud to be part of the industry during that period in time. It was full of challenges, but all of the producers and everyone who supports producers really stepped up. That allowed us to make progress."

Read, "The war against PEDv."