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Feb. 12, 2021
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(207 words)(Newsrooms – file art of youth showing swine: https://flic.kr/p/YE7jjn)
LITTLE ROCK — Youth who show swine are being warned about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
virus, or PED, that may affect their pigs.
CAUTION — Youth who show swine are being warned about Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea.
(U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Carla Vaught )
“Because PED is caused by a very contagious virus, the disease can get out of hand
quickly,” said Heidi Ward, DVM, extension veterinarian for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. “The fact that the current cases involve show animals
is no surprise because these animals are often under stress from traveling.”
She said the “current cold temperatures add an extra layer to the environmental stress
that can lead to disease susceptibility.”
Ward noted that Oklahoma is now requiring a certificate of veterinary inspection,
or CVI, within 72 hours before arriving at a show.
“Communication between states about disease outbreaks is a vital part of biosecurity,”
she said. “By getting the word out now and observing restrictions, we can stop the
virus from spreading. We do not want traveling show swine to bring this disease into
Arkansas and our show circuits!”
Those who show swine are urged to keep healthy swine away from those that are sick
and quarantine swine that have been at shows. While adult pigs may have mild to severe
diarrhea from the virus, the diarrhea is nearly always fatal to baby pigs.
Ward emphasized that this virus doesn’t affect any other species and that pork is
safe for consumption.
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About the Division of Agriculture
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of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
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within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
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