Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) in 2015

Outbreaks of diarrhea in pigs caused by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) are still occurring, particularly in the eastern part of the Netherlands. At the end of 2015, this was a major cause of economic losses for pig farms in the Netherlands.

Detect or exclude PED
Good laboratory diagnostics are essential to reliably detect the infection and to determine whether a farm is free of the disease. CVI has tests to identify the virus; in collaboration with veterinary institutes in neighbouring countries we are working on optimising and validating these tests to certify their quality and reliability. To detect PEDV, fecal samples can be tested by PCR and blood samples can be tested for the presence of PEDV antibodies.

Preventing infection
Good hygiene is essential to prevent infections or to eliminate the virus from a farm. The most important infection routes of PED are animal transport, transport of infected piglets, visitors on the farm and transport of manure. In principle, many well-known disinfectants can be used to control the PED virus, but oxidative disinfectants such as hydrogen peroxide are generally the most effective.