March 5, 2019
Alberta Pork apologises for "false positive" report of PED outbreak in Alberta, Canada
Alberta Pork Producers Development Corporation, a non-profit organisation that represents hog producers in Alberta, Canada, clarified on March 4 that a reported, third case of porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED) in the province turned up to be a "false positive."
"False positives are infrequent but can be expected occasionally in disease investigations, due to the sensitivity and concern for positive results. We apologise for any confusion or alarm caused by last week's earlier announcement," Alberta Pork stated in a press release.
"As of now, we can confirm three outbreaks of PED in Alberta in 2019: one announced in January, one announced in February and one announced in March."
According to the organisation, a laboratory test had identified the virus in a sample, but pigs at a "formerly-suspected" premise did not display symptoms of PED.
"Alberta Pork continues to work closely with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to fully investigate all outbreaks to prevent the disease from spreading further. Provincial stakeholders have been monitoring the situation to determine a source for all outbreaks, but none have been found yet, and any possible connection between the three outbreaks remains uncertain," Alberta Pork added.
The organisation also called on farmers to step up biosecurity protocols and "submit swine manifests, including farm-to-farm movements, in a timely manner."
- Alberta Pork